Evelyn, I've been following what's been happening in the US, and what I've gathered is that there are a lot of people unhappy with government, and the people who've been running it. It's not surprising to me how well Trump or Sanders are doing. We might see the same thing here in the next 3 yrs. That won't surprise me
Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 2 March 2016 at 10:30
I'd be surprised if the underlying rage is not already here. In the absence of alternative, a Donald Trump would have resonance .
I feel the anger.
When I see Dalton McGuinty on a book tour, retired on a fat pension, lecturing about strong leadership, I want to yell at the television.
When two of his staff are charged with breach of trust for destroying records to cover HIS tracks,
I am more than slightly perturbed.
When a provincial budget imposes extra pharmacy fees to seniors to generate revenue to reduce the deficit generated by $1.2 billion waste on cancelled construction contracts, I am nauseated.
A separate class of public servants, created by the extent of their political clout is disgusting.
Free post-secondary education tuition to students from low income families is a drop in the bucket compared to lack of job opportunities with or without graduation,mountains of debt or conversely, a lack of basic skills to earn a living after twelve years in a classroom.
Union contracts that look after senior employees ,at the expense of replacement workers , is anything but equal compensation for equal work.
I'm not talking about male versus female.
I'm talking about contract versus permanent employment. Employees working side by side,doing the same job, some with security and magnificent benefits others with nothing more than a basic hourly rate of pay.
Top level employees with salaries between a quarter and half a million dollars a year plus expense allowances almost as much and golf tournaments as a job responsibility plus, in general, feasting at the public trough.
Vastly swollen administrations to deal with an ever- growing burden of useless, half-assed legislation that creates more problems than they solve and depend entirely on private citizens for prosecution.
There is ample reason for rage to smoulder like a volcano waiting to erupt.
In the face of extreme hardship, lack of respect, blatant dishonesty, pandering politics, Canadians are not that much different to Americans or anyone else brought up to believe in a basic level of justice.