HEALTH TRADE−OFFS – OTTAWA
Ottawa has knocked off one more province in its race to sign them all up for a long−term health−funding agreement before the February federal budget.
On Tuesday, Saskatchewan grudgingly signed a bilateral deal with the feds, joining New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the territories in agreeing to 10 years of three−per−cent annual increases in federal funding as well a chunk of extra money for mental health and home care.
While this happens in Canada President Donald Trump Challenges the NAFTA agreement aiming to keep products and jobs in countries world wide.
Back in 2009, the federal and Ontario governments gave GM $13.7 billion to save the company. GM then moved 1.000 jobs from Oshawa to Michigan because our leaders did not have the sense to include a jobs clause in the contract. We lost $3.5 billion on the deal once we sold the shares given to us by GM.
Now GM has announced it will move the Terrain production from Ontario to Mexico. So once again, we get the short end of the stick.
When will it dawn on our fearless leaders that these kind of decisions are exactly why people like Donald Trump, Kellie Leitch and Kevin O’Leary will gain power if we do not smarten up?
If we tell these car companies they cannot sell any of their vehicles here unless they build them here, what will they do? Trump has already basically told them that is what he will do via tariffs.
I really fear, despite all the “save the middle class” talk we hear from our politicians, that those we have elected are not up to the task. I hope and pray I am wrong but over and over we see jobs disappear, despite we the taxpayer giving these companies billions of our tax dollars.
Quite a few American manufacturing jobs did go abroad in the early stages of globalization, in the 1980s and 1990s, but that’s old news. Eighty-five percent of the almost 6 million American manufacturing jobs that disappeared between 2000 and 2010 did not go anywhere; they just evaporated. The workers were replaced by tireless, uncomplaining machines that could do their jobs more cheaply.
Free trade effects everyone globally, it directly takes jobs out of american pockets & the pockets of other citizens abroad. Essentially the rich shuffle around our products to make themselves richer and hoard the profits.