Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Why I will never be a conservative...

...because I can't look at this information, which suggests that welfare recepients are earning well less than a poverty-level income, and fathom the conneciton to this conclusion:
Mike Cardinal, Alberta's Minister of Human Resources and Employment, said in the current economy punctuated by a massive labour shortage, there's no reason for able-bodied people to be on welfare.
So, his government's paying below the poverty line, but it's okay, because all those people on welfare should be working anyway. Ad hoc circular reasoning par excellence.

2 comments:

eugene plawiuk said...

And because of the labour shortage we have introduced child labour back in Alberta and that was okay with Cardinal too.

ADHR said...

Child labour? This one I haven't heard of....

I wonder how there's a labour shortage in Alberta, and yet unemployment in the rest of Canada. From a purely economic perspective, one would expect that Canadians from other parts of the country would migrate to Alberta in order to get employment, thus boosting the standard of living in Alberta and doing all sorts of other good things. So: what is it about Alberta that's keeping people away, I wonder?

(As an aside, my brother actually died in an industrial accident in Alberta a few years ago. Since then, I've wondered about the kinds of jobs that are so readily available in Alberta.)