Monday, June 3, 2013
Build a Stronger
for Harper to consider
Submitted by Myrtle Macdonald, Chilliwack/Voice
letter from your office is no comfort to me because the statistics about
jobs are misleading as follows:
1. Most of the new jobs are part time, casual and pay no benefits, such as
sick leave, vacation, tools and equipment, travel to work to carry their own
tools, dental care, foot care, physiotherapy, etc.
2. Some of these benefits
are promised after three months, but by then the job ends.
3. Employment insurance is lacking for most casual workers.
4. Most casual workers receive less annual income than people on
5. The majority of children in Canada live below the poverty line.
6. Single parents receive no child care allowance when employed
casually. The amount is inadequate even when they have full time
7. Many people have to work very hard on the job because not enough
people are hired to do the direct service work. That applies to many
ministries such as Child Care, Social Services, Parks, Fisheries,
Health, etc. There have been serious cutbacks in service to Search
and Rescue, parks, forestry, agriculture, prisons, mental health
care, CBC, the Arts, etc. etc.
8. Most elderly and disabled people, living at home receiving Care
Aid service, receive only one hour of Home Care per week. That means
they get only one bath per week. They also get no dusting and real
cleaning done. What's to be proud of Canada about?
9. There is no need to increase taxes because the incomes at the top
are excessive in both the private and public sectors:
• There is much money
wasted on high salaries for CEOs, Administrators and
Supervisors. Their supposed professional skills quickly get out
of date, ivory tower out of touch with the grass roots.
• Peer supervision elected at Annual General meetings of all
staff, is democratric and more effective than by appointees.
• There are too many levels of hierarchy, which takes away
authority from Directors and wastes their time traveling to and
attending many meetings, plus writing reports.
• The hierarchy should be offered transfer to direct service
positions, and be provided with courses to bring their
professional and paraprofessional skills up to date.
• Severance pay is excessive in the extreme.
• Senators should treated like Volunteers are, all over Canada
in lodges, service groups, advisory committees, churches, etc.
That means modest travel and expense allowances and no salaries
or pensions. They can save money as ordinary people do, through
10. Best Practices drawn
up 10 to 15 years ago have been largely underfunded, so have still
be to implemented. It is a waste of time and personnel to keep
surveying and rewriting them every five years.
11. Most surveys are scientifically unsound as follows:
• Individual questions
contain more than one point. The answer is yes to some and no to
• Surveys include leading questions which suggest an answer.
Many of my MP's enquiries in the past 20 years have done that. I
have objected, but your staff have done nothing to stop that
• Random sampling is not done scientifically. There is bias in
• The spread between age groups in surveys is wrong. People over
65 should not be lumped into one age group. The roles and
interests vary greatly from 65-74, 75-84, 85-94 and up.
• After survey data have been collected, the real research of
analysis begins. Do you realize that and provide qualified
research personnel time to do this vital work? A superficial
reading of findings is wasteful naivety.
Please forward this letter
to all MPs, Deputy Ministers, Senators, new replacement for Mark
Carney, the Auditor General and people who are influential.
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