...hundred million there... pretty soon you're talkin' serious change...
I have a friend who is a member of what, these days, is fashionably known as the "working poor". He got downsized from a mid-level managerial position at a major American corporation, lost his house to the bank and had to flee back home to Canada... where he watched his marriage Hindenburg.
How bad is it? Well, his call center McJob pays a shade more than minimum wage, so he just sublet the extra bedroom in his apartment to a co-worker & his girlfriend... because he was tired of choosing between eating & making the rent.
Oh yeah... he recently lost a cap off a front tooth... which he can't afford to fix, so right now he looks like a hillbilly from an old Walker Evans photo.
Try imagine how he feels about government handouts to refugees, or third generation welfare chiselers.
-- OTTAWA -- "The federal government is rolling back a number of health benefits currently available to asylum claimants because if Canadians don’t get free eye and dental care, neither should refugees, Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Wednesday."The Harper government just locked in another life-long voter.
"The move is expected to save about $100 million over five years and Kenney hopes it will deter bogus claimants from abusing Canada’s generosity."
Can they do more? Hell, yes. As long as there's a single hungry child left here in Canada... let's talk about the billions of taxpayer dollars we're doling out to third world oligarchies.
Or how about those gold-plated Parliamentary pensions. How about government responsibility? Maybe start by firing Bev Oda... that's get MP's attention.