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  1. Grandparents maybe, depending on their individual circumstances. Parents not so much. In terms of effort, once again it's statically shown that baby boomers work far fewer hours and are far less productive in those hours than the younger generations. Meanwhile wages, for young people especially, are far lower once adjusted for cost of living. If your grandfather was a farmer in the great depression, I'd agree with you. That certainly does not describe the average baby boomer though.
  2. Every statistic shows that the younger generations work harder and for less pay than their parents.
  3. It will also stop people from entering the market. The workers stay workers. The people at the top have no competitors and stay at the top.
  4. I disagree. The reason the cost of living is so high and the cost running a business is so high is linked to real estate prices and associated rents. Raising minimum wage will just mean we'll all be paying $15 for a burger instead of the $10 now. The Canadian government needs to do something about the real estate issue. It's strangling our economy and making the cost of living unbearable. Your point about taxpayers subsidies is also flawed. Very few people with full time employment still collect social assistance. In fact, those are the people who would likely be on the hook for paying for the additional social assistance of the new class of people collecting it if we put in a "living wage". Keep in mind, we are talking about a living wage, which everyone would collect regardless of how much they work. The question becomes how do you motivate those burger flippers to work when they get $40k a year regardless of how much they work. I agree that wages are a major issue. The reason they are such an issue is that the cost of capital, most notably, real estate is out of control. So you have a situation where the average person simply cannot afford to get ahead or start their own business. By putting further obstacles to potential small business owners, such as vastly raising minimum wage, you are aggravating the problem, not fixing it.
  5. What exactly worked is the question though? None of those countries you've referenced have a minimum living wage. They all in fact have minimum wages that are lower than Canada's. You also need to look into the experience of minorities in places like Sweden, the supposed socialist dream state.
  6. People have very skewed ideas about how Scandinavia actually works. For example did you know Norway is a huge petro state. Did you know that in Sweden, people don't have the option to study or work in whatever field they want. You essentially take a test in your mid-teens. If you fail you end up in a trades program and are barred from pursuing academic programs. The nordic countries are also very homogenous and have little ethnic or cultural diversity. They are generally bad at dealing with diversity, and new immigrant communities have ended up in sprawling ghettos with extremely high unemployment. Many practices concerning immigration in the nordic countries would make even the most hard-core right wingers in North America blush. Canada is already in line with many Nordic countries in terms of social programs. People are talking about vastly expanding beyond that. The Nordic model generally is free market capitalism in conjuction with a welfare state. They also all have far lower corporate tax rates than the USA does. Here's a list of the top 10 countries by minimum wage: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/economy/top-10-national-minimum-wages-in-the-world/?iid=EL Notice how Canada is on that list, but not a single of the coutries you point to as socialist paradises are not.
  7. Really? Show me an example, where it worked?
  8. I agree. A major issue is the cost of property ownership. Property ownership is how people in North America typcially build wealth. If hard working middle class people cannot afford to build wealth, there is a major issue with the economy. Taxing them more and giving that money to the poor won't solve any issues.
  9. Every example in history has shown that when it gets too easy to access public welfare, the total system collapses. You end up with a situation where fewer and fewer people are working and those that do work bear the load. The economy doesn't support itself without an incentive for people to work. It's a sad truth. And I agree with you about treating those in need, but you have to be careful to differentiate between those actually in need and those that are abusing the system.
  10. Income assistance is good when it goes to people who genuinely need it. It's bad when people abuse it...See Greece.
  11. Japan, unlike places like China and India, has modern labour laws, environmental regulations, etc...So Japan is fair competition. Meanwhile, places like India, Russia, and China, that we are outsourcing to now, are not fair competition and there is literally no way a Canadian company can ever compete with their low costs. I'm all for competition in the market, but in order to have competition, there has to be a somewhat level playing field, which with certain legal systems there simply cannot be.
  12. The US is better than it was, in the sense that 10s of millions of people aren't foreclosing on their homes this year, but Canada is still much better off. The US has a long way to go. Also, low interest rates do not fuel someone spending a greater proportion of their income on housing. Lower interest rates mean more capital for housing purchases, which increases prices, but they also mean lower mortgage rates and lower monthly payments on that debt. Only when money enters from outside the system is that balance disrupted.
  13. An important reason for the terrorism designation is dealing with the infrastructure that encourages and aids these mass killings. In situations with mentally ill or lone gunman types, the threat is not continuous after the attack. These types of attacks aren't mutually exclusive. A terrorist group can take advantage of a mentally ill individual and encourage him to make an attack. That only further shows how important it is to go after those groups.
  14. Must banks are publicly traded companies now. Once again you have bigger things to worry about than sports teams. Living in Vancouver you are likely to spend your life in debt paying back a property developer.
  15. I don't disagree that political correctness gone awry is a major problem. Our society needs to re-learn to stand up for things like basic human rights again, regardless of what ethnicity/religion/political affiliation the perpetrator is.