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Business leader wants boycott of United Way for advocating “mass unemployment”

Head of business lobby group said WHAAT?!?

June 3, 2015

Finally!

Someone with the courage to stand up to the United Way and their “mass unemployment” agenda!

Wait, the United Way!? Mass unemployment!? What the dickens is going on here??

In a bizarre string of tweets this week, Dan Kelly, the CEO of one of Canada’s largest business lobby groups, called on smaller companies to consider boycotting the United Way, one of Canada’s largest charities focused on poverty, homelessness and related social issues for “advocating measures to kill” small and medium sized businesses, as well as, um, “mass unemployment.”

This comes on the heels of an Ottawa Citizen report last week linking a Canadian Federation of Independent Business phone number to a secretive anti-union group called Working Canadians. The snafu resulted in a paid employee leaving CFIB “effective immediately.”

So what sent Kelly off-the-rails this week?

A new living wage report by the Nova Scotia office of the Canadian Centre of Policy Alternatives, published in partnership with United Way Halifax. It found that a person working a full time, full year job in Halifax would need to be paid $20.10 an hour

And what happened next?

Kelly called on small businesses to “rethink participation” in the United Way’s charitable activities due to their “growing role as a left-wing advocacy group”:

The report itself calculates the cost of food, shelter, clothing, transportation and raising children for the average Haligonian at $20.10/hr (at 35 hours per week), pointing out “some 40% of children living in poverty in Nova Scotia live with at least one full-time, full-year wage earner.”

And aside from the economic security of families, the report also specifically addresses arguments that higher wages are bad for business, citing evidence that paying a living wage decreases turnover rates, attracts more highly skilled workers, improves productivity, quality of work and the overall competitiveness of businesses.

Employees who are paid adequately, the report notes, expand the tax base, decrease reliance on government benefits and stimulate the economy — because people have more money in their pocket to spend money.

Here’s how people reacted to Kelly’s call for a boycott:

But on Wednesday afternoon, Kelly appeared to be walking back his calls for a boycott of the United Way: 

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VIDEO: Aboriginal Affairs Minister literally won’t stand up for missing and murdered women

Watch this. Seriously.

June 2, 2015

Who will stand up for Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women?

Not Bernard Valcourt. Literally.

It seems Valcourt, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, was the only person at the release of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report who wasn’t interested in standing when TRC chair Justice Murray Sinclair called for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.

Video from Tuesday’s event in Ottawa shows the Conservative cabinet minister sitting awkwardly for nearly half a minute as the room erupts…