Working hard not getting workers ahead these days

Occupy Victoria, Occupy Wall Street shows people are tired of struggling to make ends meet

Re: Nothing wrong with rewarding hard workers (Letters, Oct. 21)

Obviously the writer doesn’t get it. His examples relate to exactly why people are protesting. For every Jimmy Pattison success story, there are millions who work, and have worked, far harder and are struggling or poor.

The increasing cost of making ends meet and the average person’s overwhelming housing debt load and increasing taxes makes it extremely difficult just to get by.

Governments have contributed to the present situation by using tax dollars for business bailouts, dramatically reducing taxes on corporations and the rich, eroding consumer protections through the elimination of public utility and monopoly laws, then permitting deregulation and amalgamation. Free trade agreements have allowed wholesale outsourcing of jobs and resources to countries that exploit cheap goods and labour.

Politicians must rethink the impact many of their decisions have had on the average Canadian citizen. Government decisions must be based on the health and well being of the Canadian community.

Anthony Mears

Oak Bay

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

VicPD find used, uncapped needle tied to handrail in Beacon Hill Park

Officers believe the needle was put there with the intent to harm someone

Saanich Peninsula plugs into EV ownership

Sidney and Central Saanich record the second and third-highest EV ownership rate per 1,000 residents

Saanich landfill gets used oil and antifreeze dropoff centre upgrades

BC Used Oil Management Association oversees upgrades, two new facilities in province

PHOTOS: Kids, parents cool off at Langford splash park

Centennial Park is home to a popular water feature

Colwood man to ride 400 kilometres to fight kids cancer

Man riding for a beloved family member who died from leukemia at 13-years-old

VIDEO: Otter pups learn to swim at B.C. wildlife rescue facility

Watch Critter Care’s Nathan Wagstaffe help seven young otters go for their first dip

Michael Buble among 13 British Columbians to receive Order of B.C.

Ceremony will be delayed to 2021 due to COVID-19

U.S. border communities feel loss of Canadian tourists, shoppers and friends

Restrictions on non-essential travel across the Canada-U.S. border have been in place since March 2`

Rollout of COVID-19 Alert app faces criticism over accessibility

App requires users to have Apple or Android phones made in the last five years, and a relatively new operating system

Alleged impaired driver sparks small wildfire near Lytton after crash: B.C. RCMP

Good Samaritans prevented the blaze from getting out of control

B.C. First Nation adopts ‘digital twinning’ software to better manage territory

Software allows users to visualize what a mountain might look like if the trees on its slopes were logged

Woman arrested near Nanaimo beach after alleged road rage incidents

37-year-old woman facing charges including assault, assaulting a police officer, impaired driving

All inquiry recommendations implemented after fatal Port Hardy RCMP shooting: Ministry

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. cleared the RCMP officers involved of wrongdoing

Most Read