I continue to be amazed at the welfare mentality coming out of Ontario these days. At a political level, I guess it makes some sense but now even CD Howe and other Ontario think tanks are calling for more EI fairness, a version of the Atl. Canada investment tax credit, etc.
I don’t really have a problem with more Equalization, more EI and mre ITCs for Ontario but they need to tell people the truth about it. McGuinty will say something like “a person in Ontario gets $4,000 less EI than in New Brunswick”.
Anywhere in Canada that has high unemployment can access EI more quickly (less weeks) and I believe gets to keep EI longer. Windsor, Ontario now has a more lucrative EI program than Halifax. The system is biased towards regions that have higher unemployment.
What McGuinty and CD Howe should say is that they want no bias in favour of regions with high unemployment. That is the truth of the matter. They want a fundamental restructuring of EI which all along has been used as a tool to provide more relief to high unemployment regions. They want that imbalance removed.
Fair enough. I don’t even necessarily disagree but to say that people in Atl. Canada get more EI is misrepresenting the facts. The reality is that Ontario workers, on average, make more than those down here so they will get far more EI if the system is completely equalized across the board.
So, McGuinty will have achieved his goal. He wrung equalized health care funding out of Ottawa. He wrung Equalization out of Ottawa. It looks like he will get more EI out of Ottawa….
…and his economy is in the tank.
Maybe Ontario needs to get back to focusing on economic growth and new economy sectors instead of trying to hold on to the past. If McGuinty’s goal is to become New Brunswick, I would put it to you that we would gladly become the Ontario of the late 1990s early 2000s.