Windsor, Ontario mayor hears a Who

I took the kids to Horton Hears a Who over the weekend. It’s standard kid movie fare but the plot centers around the Mayor of Whoville. The way the Council handles the ‘in-camera’ session is worth the price of admission. Any municipal politicians should see the movie just for that part. There is salvation. The mayor ends up being right and the council wrong.

Speaking of mayors, I see the mayor of Windsor, Ontario, Eddie Francis, “wants to keep families and cash-flow in Windsor — a city hit hard by a downturn in the manufacturing sector — by sending rotations of unemployed and willing citizens west to ease the labour crunch in Saskatchewan and Alberta. It’s a win-win situation for all involved, Francis said, but the details of the plan need to be finalized before the Windsor-West route becomes a reality”.

All due respect, mayor, it’s hardly a ‘win-win’. Splitting families apart for weeks and months at a time is not much of a win for anyone. Alberta is already complaining about the ‘migrant workforce’ and the increase in crime and the lack of any real sense of ‘community’ developing in many of the oil towns.

This kind of initiative is drastic and should be short term while Windsor gets its economic development in order.

IMO.

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0 Responses to Windsor, Ontario mayor hears a Who

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well of course it’s not as “win-win
    ” as having full employment in your own area but isn’t it better than no work at all? You sound as if the mayor is advocating rounding up the unemployed and herding them into boxcars. Is he in fact simply offering those that do not wish to relocate the opportunity to earn the money they need to support their families? From what I have read he is suggesting….(at least in relation to Saskatchewan) flying there and back each weekend. But even if that were not the case do you actually think it that uncommon even in oil rich Alberta that workers are away from home for multiple weeks at a time? I would assert that in the oil industry it is almost the norm. Families just don’t often travel to oil rigs, nor do they all move to the tar sands just because that is where the bread winner must to go to earn a living. As for your concern for the ‘migrant workforce ‘in Alberta I suppose they could always simply decide to slow their overheated economy down. Or maybe start building the proper infrastructure to handle the people they obviously need. But wait, then they would need even more ‘migrant workers’. I see no where the suggestion this is anything but a short term solution for Windsor as it at best simply maintains a population base. However, people working away from their home for weeks at a time is hardly uncommon although perhaps some (with their 9 to 5 home each night lifestyles) might be forgiven in not realizing that.

  2. nbt says:

    All due respect, mayor, it’s hardly a ‘win-win’. Splitting families apart for weeks and months at a time is not much of a win for anyone.

    I agree. Although, there are some genuine concerns regarding a possible recession trickling northward as I heard some serious musings about using the tax system to provide a guaranteed annual income for individuals living below the poverty line by Senator Segal. But to subsidize your unemployed to encourage them to move west?

    That idea not only sounds preposterous, it also sounds very costly for local Windsor taxpayers and their future economically.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Canada’s experimentation with corporate subsidies has been a taxpayer’s nightmare. A recent Fraser Institute study entitled “Corporate Welfare Addiction” found that subsidies to businesses across the country over the 10-year period from 1995 to 2004 totalled $144-billion, or more than $11,000 per taxpayer. The study concluded: “There is no concrete evidence that government subsidies to business provide any net benefit to Canada’s economy. Instead, these subsidies encourage the transfer of wealth from one set of taxpayers to another, often from small businesses to large businesses, and from taxpayers to special interests.”

    Only in NB you say.lol