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Scary moments in Ottawa

Pumpkins line the driveway at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa last Halloween.


Pumpkins line the driveway at 24 Sussex Drive in Ottawa last Halloween.

Halloween is upon us, as once again the most popular costume in Ottawa is the common sheep, which is available in wolf size. Pamela Wallin stands before the Senate and notes she is a cancer survivor and her removal from the unelected Senate would deprive her of health benefits. Mike Duffy asks Canadians to forgive his financial indiscretions and ensure his retention of inflated salary and future pension.

In the past, the Conservative government, along with unelected lap dogs such as Wallin and Duffy, has interfered with the collective bargaining process of many corporations, such as CP Rail, Air Canada and Canada Post.

Reasoning that strike action would negatively impact the fragile economy, Parliament enacted or prepared to enact back-to-work legislation. Health benefit, salary and pension increases became non-existent or less than the inflation rate for thousands of working Canadians who, after being denied the right to bargain in good faith, were forced to watch the massive increases given to appointed senators.

If the Harper government were serious about stimulating the Canadian economy, it would eliminate the Senate and use those taxes to repair the country's crumbling infrastructure. This would also reduce the necessity of employment insurance, since former senators would find fulfilling employment delivering ice cream to the working class or providing entertainment to their children as clowns in a newly created national travelling circus.



Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 31, 2013 A14

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