Greedy unions? Not so much
Greedy unions? Not so much

Greedy unions? Not so much

Looking for someone to blame for Canada’s economic ills and fiscal problems? Well, don’t blame supposedly greedy unions. (Here’s looking at you, Tony Clement.) According to statistics from Labour Canada, highlighted on Thursday, the average union wage settlement in 2012 hit a 14-year low of 1.7%. This barely matched the inflation rate of 1.6%. Public […]

November 7, 2013

Looking for someone to blame for Canada’s economic ills and fiscal problems?

Well, don’t blame supposedly greedy unions. (Here’s looking at you, Tony Clement.)

According to statistics from Labour Canada, highlighted on Thursday, the average union wage settlement in 2012 hit a 14-year low of 1.7%. This barely matched the inflation rate of 1.6%.

Public sector settlements averaged just 1.7% as well, and many workers were hit by outright pay freezes.

These settlements locking in low wage increases will last for an average of three years.

Community economies surely cannot prosper if working families are failing to make progress.

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Conservative priorities by the numbers
Conservative priorities by the numbers

Conservative priorities by the numbers

The Conservative government is desperate to put the Senate scandal behind it so Stephen Harper can talk up the government’s priorities. There’s no better place to see what those priorities are than in budget choices. Spending totals are in for last year, so you can see what counts as good spending, what gets cuts and […]

November 6, 2013

The Conservative government is desperate to put the Senate scandal behind it so Stephen Harper can talk up the government’s priorities.

There’s no better place to see what those priorities are than in budget choices. Spending totals are in for last year, so you can see what counts as good spending, what gets cuts and what gets lapsed.

A sampling of spending that goes up:

Prime Minister’s Office: 7.4% increase
Minister’s Office – International Cooperation: 79% increase
Minister’s Office –…