Saturday, February 13, 2010

SO Much Fun

I just took a call from someone on behalf of the Conservative party, asking if I would consider making a donation.

I took SO MUCH PLEASURE in informing them that my family was unable to give them money because I'm a new mom working freelance - and their government did not follow through on their last campaign promise to extend benefits like maternity leave to freelance workers or EI for people who lose their jobs at the end of their maternity leave.


Yeah. Good luck with that.

Oh, and Mr Harper? Your black quilted Canada jacket at last night's ceremony looked incredibly stupid. Just sayin'.

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At February 13, 2010 4:02 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both initiated late 09.

I'm not an outright Harper supporter, but compared to what the Libs did for me back in 2003 when I was laid off from my job, I would say that this at least is something... not nothing.


At February 13, 2010 4:29 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

Thanks for the links! Good info.

I actually voted for the Conservatives for the very first time in the last federal election - because of the self-employment / maternity leave issue. They promised to push it through quickly, and that obviously didn't happen. I appreciate that things have finally started to move now, but in my case, it's too little too late. (Better late than never for those who follow in my footsteps, I suppose.)

The Career Transition stuff all sounds fine on paper, but doesn't apply to me. Again, it's probably good for someone.

I know this all sounds selfish, but I vote for these people to represent me - so I feel like I'm allowed to be a little bit selfish.

I lost my job once under the Liberals and once under the Conservatives. Both experiences were equally frustrating. Once I ended up choosing not to claim EI benefits and once I was not able to (even though I'd just logged five years of continuous employment with one company and paid into EI the entire time). Both times, the programs that existed to 'help' me looked great on paper but ended up not applying to me. Which kind of makes me wonder who can access them if not someone like me.

I'd still rather live in Canada than almost everywhere else. Even when our system is broken, it's still a decent system. But given a choice, I'd write in Obama on my next ballot.

At February 13, 2010 4:29 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

(I can't believe I just publicly admitted to voting Conservative. I feel like I need to go take a shower now...)

At February 15, 2010 7:40 PM, Blogger Terry L said...

looking at the options to vote for in Canada, one would feel dirty regardless for whom they voted. Perhaps we should give up on democracy?

Taking a step back, and realizing that things happen slowly in government policy, and usually much slower in a minority government, I can't see how people are so down on the cons. The only reason I can fatom is that in our generally socialist, leftist generation that it is trendy and hip to bash them.


At February 15, 2010 10:40 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

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At February 15, 2010 10:41 PM, Blogger Lindsay said...

Then it's a great and wonderful thing that we live in a country where you can vote for whoever you want to :)

Thanks for stopping by... Maybe you can start your own blog where you can share your own opinions (like I'm free to do here).


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