The recently proposed EI changes stem from not only being arrogant, but just downright un-canadian.
And ALL OVER THE INTERNET, so casually typed and barely researched, people decry it, wishing all bodies be back to work, regardless of circumstance or status. But on a safety-net run by numbers, people never actually use numbers in arguments for the changes.
Atlantic fisheries take just under 2% of the allocated EI funds each year. Apparently, they’re complete freeloaders (even if the industry and those fishermen probably gave you a warm house to grow up in – or food to eat). The rest? it’s been a cash-pool for governments, often used to pay down debts or fund other programs. Now EI helps plenty of people, so this government’s brilliant idea is to now strap you on a 6-week benefit entitlement while you scramble to find a similar job. No luck? let’s have you flippin’ burgers instead.
And only 40% of the unemployed actually qualify for benefits. Some enlightened individuals find it empowering to shun anyone using it. Lost your job? That’s not bad luck, you just lack moral fibre. The “ideal” job is out, the “ideal” became work below your skill level and earn less.
Some people paint the poor as “Fools”, but I believe anyone thinking they’ve got job security strong enough, so as to never use EI, is a fool all on their own.
P.S. There’s an amazing piece from the Star that I base this from. It does a much better job of explaining the faults and I encourage the read: http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1193419–walkom-ei-changes-driven-by-contempt-and-ideology
Rant by a Loser