I sit and read and watch, the Political leader spar with each other. The biggest problem I see in this election is the lack of a true leader to vote for. I agree with some of what all the leaders are saying. There is no way I can say I fully support such an such.
My biggest problem with the leadership is, There seems to be very little Canadian pride! What happened to Canada is the best country on the planet attitude? We have leaders that negotiate deals with other countries that don’t believe that Canada is the best to do business with. Instead we have leadership that seems to be so desperate to make a deal they will agree to things that should not be agreed to. We have a weak job market because of this! We cannot allow this to keep happening.
In my opinion, I see our economic issues as a direct cause of these “Free Trade” agreements. If you use common sense, you would see that if you don’t pay people enough money or employ enough people, you will not sell your wares to these people. So we have companies that go through the lay offs in North America to move production over seas. All in an effort to make more money. So in my calculations its simple. You take away the jobs of 5000 people, and move those same jobs to where the production is cheaper, you also have 5000 people that now can no longer afford your products. To me that is bad business or unsustainable business.
We see this happen so many times, the word restructuring is always used. In Canada we all hear this too much. we also hear oh its cheaper to manufacture elsewhere so you better all get into the service industry, Well when your in the service industry you only make enough to maybe pay all the bills in a month, never mind buying anything extra, So the service industry can’t support itself. Now being a chef for the last 20 years I’ve been told you must make lots of money, well you don’t, The main reason for this is, when you go for breakfast, and I and everyone else was paid what they are worth, your breakfast would now cost, approx $20-$30. Now do you want to pay this? NO so to keep those $6-$10 breakies all staff is paid as low as they can legally pay. In food, the cost of Food is your major cost, they your utilities. Now most restaurants out there spend most of there money on just the costs. There is actually usually very little left for the owners, many of whom are at the business 7 days a week. This same thing is happening in Canadian families we all work hard for our money and usually there is not much left over after paying those bills. So the service industry is not a great viable business option when there are only those types of job available.
Anyways to my point, Our leaders need to grow a pair! If you want to do business in Canada it should be on Canada’s terms, We have a large Marketplace! If any company was to make $1 from every Canadian the company would have made an easy $35.16 million. That is a nice profit for most companies. Now that is based on just $1 as we all know companies make more profit on there goods than a $1. Why do are leaders not have the attitude that its a privilege to do business here! Yes there are bigger markets out there, but Canada’s is not one to scoff at, if it was we would not have Walmart! Yes I’m using them as they are a great indication of market value. Think about how much that one corporation makes off of us. Do you not think that if that was taken away from them they would feel it! They would and they would suffer for it as well.
WE all need a leader that see’s this! It time to flex some muscle! We have them lets use them. We need negotiators that do not have to opinion that we are in a weak market! That is what the corporations want! That way they get more freedom and allowances in their favour! We need someone that will make the unpopular decision of barring a product if they do not meet or exceed our standards! Yes I know the fickle would hate to not be able to have the “NOW” product. In the long run, you need to look out not just for our own future but our children’s!
Do you really want to live in an “I Canada” that is sponsored by Exxon? I know I don’t! I want to live in the best damn country in the World! (My opinion!!!) I and many others share this idea! Lets make Canada a leader not the follower that its become in the last 20 years and more! We need a Canada that stands up for all its people! Not just the few that benefit from these types of agreements.
Can we have a real Canadian Leader? or are we now lost in the corporate shuffle to never return?