A Canadian flag hangs from a lamp post along the road in front of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Photo: The Canadian Press - Adrian Wyld)

A Canadian flag hangs from a lamp post along the road in front of the Parliament buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Photo: The Canadian Press - Adrian Wyld)

LETTER: How we value work is changing

Letter to the editor

To the editor,

There’s an urban legend floating around. There’s this great legion of young layabouts living on CERB who simply don’t want to work. That’s why local businesses can’t get anyone to work for them. Oh, that horrible Trudeau and Horgan, they handed out free money, some $500 apiece, and the country is sliding down to hell in a greased toboggan. Oh woe is us!

Canada’s unemployment numbers are the lowest in years and even lower here in B.C., but people want to believe what they want to hear and be told that to.

For a look at what is causing labour shortages, look at the pipeline where Banister alone employs over 1,000 bodies. There you earn a very good wage and not work too hard, so why would anyone want to flip burgers all day? There’s quite a number of those who once worked at fast food and are now working on the pipeline, and why not?

Another great legend is this creeping inflation and high fuel prices are the fault of Trudeau. Well actually, inflation is worldwide. It played a central role in the recent French election where, fortunately, France stayed the course in what passes for the center. They didn’t veer to the right as was expected.

But one has to wonder: Who were all those French who voted for Le Pen? Similar to those 70 million who voted for Donald Trump in the last U.S. election. They certainly believe that someone else is responsible for their problems. Perhaps those dastardly Liberals?

Int he U.S. of A., this phenomena of people not working or just plain quitting numbers are said to be about 20 million. They want to work but no more to $6.50 an hour singing the Walmart song.

Just like those in Eastern Europe when the wall fell, the Americans, as well as many Canadians, are fed up with false promises. Waiting for the free market Tooth Fairy to improve their lives is simply not at option anymore. All this particular form of capitalism has made the few richer. The rest have stood still or gone backwards.

This is not what work should represent.

Dennis Peacock,

Clearwater, B.C.



newsroom@clearwatertimes.com

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