STORY 3 ITEM 3

IN an editorial piece titled “Healthy biz climate = solid future,” Laura Jones, Executive Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, wrote this week: “More recently, the introduction of new Family Day, substantial minimum wage increases and the PST fiasco caused some business owners to wonder whether they were dealing with a government that really understands business realities.”
Then she added: “Election commitments such as balancing the budget, paying down debt, keeping taxes reasonable and pursuing resource development opportunities while being mindful of protecting the environment have calmed those doubts.”
That REALLY made me LAUGH OUT LOUD as I remembered the nasty piece I wrote against Shachi Kurl, the then-Director of Provincial Affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, just over two years ago in October 2011. That piece was titled: “Shame on those who want to deny hardworking British Columbians their Family Day!”
Here is part of what I wrote to MOCK the GREED of business types who will stoop as low as they possibly can just to make that extra buck by sucking the blood of hardworking people:

I found it terribly revolting to read a piece titled “Family Day will cost small biz dearly” by Shachi Kurl, Director of Provincial Affairs for this province for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.
My dear Shachi, life is NOT all about making money – one should have other values, too.
Shachi wrote: “We asked, and the province can’t or won’t say how much more we’ll all pay for increased public sector labour costs on Family Day (nurses, first responders, and other essential service workers will all be eligible for hefty holiday pay).
“But we have done the math on behalf of our 10,000 small business members in B.C., and estimate that Family Day will cost small business owners $1,135 each, in labour costs alone.”
Whoa, don’t miss those LOADED expressions such as “hefty holiday pay.”
Do you envy honest, hardworking British Columbians their JUST wages, Shachi.
And exactly how much do you make in defending these businesses?
Is it “hefty”?
Not that we envy you your pay – I am sure you deserve it.
But so do the honest, hardworking British Columbians!
No?
Premier Christy Clark did the right thing by giving British Columbians the new provincial statutory holiday of Family Day, on the third Monday of every February, starting in 2013.
The MEAN-SPIRITED former premier Gordon Campbell, who had apparently sold his soul to the rich guys of this province, refused to increase our minimum wage (which under him had gone from being the highest in Canada to the lowest!) and had refused to even consider such a holiday.
… Well, our dear Shachi seems out to sabotage our February holiday.
And this part of her write-up made me want to puke:
“But most small business owners – family people themselves – will face some difficult Family Day choices: close, and risk losing irritated customers. Open, and pay time and a half plus an average day’s pay to their staff, or, try to mind the shop on their own, forced to put earning their daily bread ahead of spending time with their own loved ones.
“Why are we getting this holiday anyway? Notwithstanding the feel-good factor (which, I grant, is powerful) it is worth noting that with Family Day, B.C. would theoretically tie for first in Canada in terms of statutory holidays, while ranking seventh in the country on productivity, according to the BC Progress Board. Is this really the time for us to be taking our foot off the productivity gas pedal?”
Good try, Shachi!
Let me shed some crocodile tears for your “poor” rich folks!
And please get a life!
Life is NOT all about making that extra buck!

WELL now that the B.C. economy didn’t crash and burn because of the Family Day holiday and the minimum wage increases, the same organization tries to explain it away by claiming, as mentioned above also: “Election commitments such as balancing the budget, paying down debt, keeping taxes reasonable and pursuing resource development opportunities while being mindful of protecting the environment have calmed those doubts.”
All this shows that greedy business people will come up with just about any absurd argument to deny ordinary British Columbians decent wages.
Clark sure deserves praise for increasing the minimum wage and introducing Family Day.

– Rattan Mall

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