I fully support the statements by Finance Minister Flaherty regarding the idea that there is no bad job, and that people on EI should have reduced opportunity to refuse to take jobs that are “unsuitable”.
It is ridiculous for Thomas Mulcair and Peggy Nash of the NDP to argue that “skilled workers” who have education and training should not be force to take “lesser jobs” simply because they can’t find a job in their field. The reason they can’t find a job in their field and region is that the free market doesn’t have such jobs. It means that these people made poor decisions on what education they obtained, or that the skills they obtained in prior employment are no longer in demand. Or it means that the jobs have moved to a different region.
First, we have clearly educated too many people in social sciences and humanities. We also have probably educated too many people in basic business, such as marketing or HR. The truth is that we need more people with STEM education (science, technology, engineering, math). We also need more people with medical training. For the NDP to argue that we shouldn’t have nurses and teachers driving taxis, then the right answer is to let the free market drive fewer people into those fields. It is also silly for them to use jobs that are primarily government funded – especially when many provinces are cutting spending and reducing the employment of such individuals.
- EI rules need ‘teeth’ to get people to work, Finley says (cbc.ca)
- NDP accuse Tories of trying to impose ‘nanny state’ with EI reforms (news.nationalpost.com)