Wealth gravitating to the top
Canada’s 86 richest individuals and families (or 0.002 per cent of the total population) are getting richer and now have as much wealth as the country's poorest 11.4 million. CCPA
The federal corporate tax rate has been nearly cut in half since 2000 -- from 28 per cent at the turn of the century to 15 per cent in 2012. (Harper is proud to boast that Canadian corporations pay the lowest tax rate of any G7 country.)
So despite sitting on $700 Billion in profits, corporations in Canada now provide just 13.6 per cent of the federal government’s revenues, while our personal income taxes account for more than half of government revenue.
CEO Pay Vs. Yours
That’s how much the average salary of Canada’s “top” CEO works out to be. 194 times the average Canadian worker’s salary.
Here’s how the numbers break down:
The salary of the average Canadian worker: $47,000
The average salary of one of the “top” 100 CEOs in Canada: $9.2 million
The number of average worker salaries it takes to make up one average
CEO salary: 194
So what that means is: take a look at a CEO of a large corporation….then look up and down your street…odds are he is making more than you and all your neighbours combined….
It is enough to make a grown man cry.
By the way…to the left are the average difference between CEO and employee across the board..we aren’t the worse and we certainly aren’t the best at this…
Source: Toronto Star
Image Source: creativeconflictwisdom.wordpress.com - 2011
The Justice Edition
65% and counting…
That’s the percentage of full time judges to federally appointed courts who owe their life time appointments, great pay and pension packages to Stephen Harper - if you want to shape the future of a country, appoint the judges…and Stephen Harper is fashioning his legacy.
Every Provincial Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the Federal Court, The Supreme Court of Canada, the Tax Court, Citizenship Courts, plus all kinds of tribunals are staffed by people appointed by the Federal Government, and that means Harper and his cronies like Peter McKay, who thinks women are too busy being housewives to sit on the bench, get to pick and choose who they think should shape the laws in this country. By the way, that includes Bradley Miller who dons his robes at the Ontario Supreme Court on January 16th and who believes that same-sex marriage harms free speech; and Grant Huscroft who joins the Ontario Court of Appeals on the same day and believes that Judges don’t possess any special skills that would justify them ruling on complex moral issues like abortion, same sex marriage or assisted suicide.
For the sake of Canada’s Justice System the election can’t come fast enough….
How the Cost Cutting Conservatives Actually Did Create Jobs…for Their Own Cronies
In Paul Martin’s last year as Prime Minister there were 452 politically appointed staff people in the PMO and Cabinet Minister offices. This year as we approach the end of Harper’s term in office the number has jumped to 549. These are well paying jobs handed out to friends of the government. In the Prime Minister’s office alone the number of ‘special’ appointments has grown from 68 under Paul Martin to 94 under Stephen Harper. Given the fact that Harper doesn’t really believe in governing and Martin did, observers are at a loss to understand why it takes Harper 38% more staff to non-govern than it did Martin to govern.
There are all kinds of words that could be used to describe this situation: bloated, excessive, wasteful and out of control. But the real word that should be used is HYPOCRITICAL Harper has killed thousands of jobs that provide important services to Canadians yet he has no trouble paying his friends and allies big government bucks to so long as they support him.
Source: Ottawa Citizen
Moms on Maternity Leave
That’s the number of women denied Unemployment benefits since 2002 because they had the nerve to get ill while on maternity leave. For ten years the government interpreted the rule that said a pregnant woman or a woman on maternity leave was entitled to benefits as long as she “was otherwise available for work” as meaning if she got ill, they could cut off her benefits. So that’s what they did to 60,000 women.
In 2012 an arbitrator called foul and the government changed the rules but still refused to compensate the women they had already ripped off. Some women, who had the gumption to sue, were secretly compensated but so far 59, 650 women are still waiting to see if their class action suit might actually get them a handful of cash and a small taste of justice.
The hypocrisy of this whole situation tells you how truly ‘family-friendly’ the Harper Government is. Not!
Source: Toronto Star