I am writing with reference to an editorial in your paper (“Leashed to never-ending workdays”) reprinted in the Winnipeg Free Press of Oct. 17.
It asked when the pendulum will swing the other way so that overworked Canadians can achieve a healthy work/life balance.
To begin with, this unhealthy situation exists because working Canadians tolerate it as they know that there are plenty of unemployed others willing to take their place.
Officially there are 1.4 million unemployed Canadians, but that number doesn’t include those who are under-employed and those who’ve gotten discouraged looking for non-existent jobs.
The situation is made worse by the quarter of a million foreigners allowed to settle in Canada every year, as well as the over 100,000 temporary foreign workers already here who have taken Canadians’ jobs.
The shortage of jobs is now so bad that there are at least 100,000 young Canadians working for no pay because they hope that this will lead to paid employment.
This situation is the result of Canadian government and Bank of Canada policies to keep unemployment artificially high.
It’s good for the corporate sector, because employers can pay less or nothing at all for labour, but it’s not so great for Canadians seeking work in order to live.
So, as to when the pendulum will swing the other way, the answer is when a Canadian government wants it to.
Until then the standard of living of 99 per cent of Canadians will continue to fall, which is disgusting when one remembers that this country once had the highest standard of living in the world and no need for food banks.