The government plans, maybe, to toughen the criteria under which Employment Insurance recipients can decline work — for example, work that offers less money than one is used to or unsuitable working conditions, or that is not in one’s field — and keep claiming benefits. “I was brought up in a certain way,” Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters on Tuesday. “There is no bad job. The only bad job is not having a job.”
The NDP responded, too cleverly, that the Conservatives are proposing a “nanny state” solution — i.e., telling people where to work. But Mr. Flaherty’s hilariously obnoxious sound byte is more like something out of a daddy state. “The only bad job is not having a job”? It’s like a line from Yakety Yak. He is Finance Minister Dad. Scrub that Burger King floor, or you ain’t gonna rock and roll no more.
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