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Federal pickpockets at work

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  |  Posted: Wednesday, Jan 09, 2013 06:00 am

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I see the Harper government is reaching into our pockets again with a plethora of fee increases, although that information won't be found on the federal government website amidst all the propaganda that the conservatives are graciously extending standard tax deductions Canadians have enjoyed for years.

Harper's unemployment insurance rate increase is particularly galling considering it was he who, in 2009, with a cavalier stroke of a pen, wrote off $52 billion dollars of unemployment insurance surplus, a surplus that Canadian workers and their employers had paid in case there was ever a downturn in the economy. The reason being of course that the federal government had simply helped itself to the money and spent the surplus on other things.

To top it off, Harper's latest shenanigans are forcing EI claimants to take jobs outside their fields with up to a 30 per cent pay cut even if it means commuting an extra hour to work each day.

I don't know about you but I feel violated. I wish the guy would at least throw us a little kiss once in a while if he is going to keep this up.

Dave Burkhart, St. Albert


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