OAS: A Rare Blunder

Sun Media – OAS: A Rare Blunder for Cagey PM


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1 Response to OAS: A Rare Blunder

  1. billmosesos says:

    (Harper should have paid more heed to Mulroney’s failed attempt to mess with the OAS.)
    Perhaps this is off topic but I do want to comment on the following two statements.
    “Many people want to work beyond 65. And Canada needs more labour.”
    Companies and governments also want people to work longer because they have the required skills. Why suffer the cost of training two people to be welders when one will do, working longer, working overtime and importing labour from abroad as a backup. Then the untrained welder is available for working at Walmart.
    Companies (IBM would be an example), rather than train their own people are contracting out. The contractors do not train unless they have to and then they extract as much out of each person they train as they can. (This is not new. My grandfather was retired from a grain elevator company at age 75. He was called back and worked many more years because nobody had been trained to replace him. Even then he was called in to “supervise” during busy times.)
    Canada needs to invest more money in training people in the skills that will be needed to grow the country. This is not a time to be cutting back on education as appears to be the case.
    If people “want” to work they should be prepared to help support the person whose job they are taking.
    There should be a tax on employment income that goes into a training fund which could be accessed by companies or governments. Every young person (and unemployed person) should have a skills assessment and be encouraged and supported in maximizing his/her potential benefit to society. Things like woodworking and tinsmithing in junior public schools would be a start in identifying a person’s innate abilities.


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