Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Stephen Harper threatens to cut funding for the RCMP Entirely
Today the Vancouver Province ran an article entitled "RCMP could walk from B.C." It almost sounds like the RCMP are fed up and are ready to leave. Not so. After cutting funding for the RCMP and the Gang Task force Harper rewrites the RCMP contract and tells them take it or leave it. He says we want you to sign it by November or we will pull out of BC. The RCMP want to keep doing their job. Stephen Harper is threatening to pull the plug.
This is so wrong. First off there's pros and cons to Regional policing. Yet that isn't the issue. Once again we see Stephen Harper trample free collective bargaining rights. Not a good precedent in a democratic nation. We know that the RCMP is not unionised like many of the City police forces. You would think if Harper is spending millions to promote the RCMP as a brand, he'd treat them with a little more respect.
I'll tell you this: Jack Layton would not have done something like that. God rest his soul. Jack Layton would have treated the RCMP with much more dignity and respect than Stephen Harper has. Isn't that ironic?
So maybe Regional Policing will be thrust upon us by a dishonest politician who pipmed the tough on crime lie just to get a majority government so he could govern. If that's the case then he has to stop collecting taxes for the RCMP if he's going to expect the Provinces to pick up the tab.
It's a sad day for Canada when we let these disrespectful tactics permeate throughout our collective bargaining. Back in the day the big corporations wanted to get their greedy little mitts on pension surpluses. They saw all that money sitting there and they wanted to invest it in high risk stocks to make even more money and return the principle when they were finished using it.
No way we said, pensions are sacred. So what was their response? They decided that if they stopped paying into pensions altogether, they could take the money they were putting into employees pensions and put it in a fund of their own. They way they could spend the interest and have the principle too. I kid you not. Stephen Harper stole the Postal workers pension and hid that theft under the mask of back to work legislation. That was another Harper scam.
Canada Post told there employees they wanted to steal their pension. The employees overwhelmingly voted against that theft. Then the company punished them for voting no to losing their pensions and locked them out knowing full well Stephen Harper would legislate them back to work which he did. With a legislated wage settlement less than what the company was offering them. Not only did he steal their pension but he punished them for saying no in the first place. Stephen Harper is a devil. No doubt he wants to steal the RCMP pension just like he stole the Postal Workers pension. Oh the cunning plan of the evil one.