August 19, 2015

Out of touch: Justin Trudeau wants to give workers flex time access most already have

Brian LilleyRebel Blogger

Justin Trudeau wants you to know he is ready. I have my doubts about him but there is no doubt his team is not ready.

In Winnipeg on Wednesday morning Trudeau unveiled a plan to allow workers in industries that fall under federal jurisdiction to ask for flexible work hours. He says this will help with work life balance.

I don’t know many people opposed to the idea of flex time or helping employees achieve work life balance but what Trudeau is proposing is simply putting into law that you can ask, not that you will get.

Here’s how part of the exchange went down as reporters asked Trudeau about the new “right” he wants to grant workers:

REPORTER: So if I’m a night shift worker, under your plan…if a Liberal government is elected….if I’m working night shifts, I can request to my employer that i don’t want to work a night shift any more, they have to make that change?

TRUDEAU: No, this plan is about respecting the fact that the way Canadians work is changing and the way that Canadians live is changing. And by putting in a formal process where an employee can request a shift in their hours or shift in their work conditions of their employer, and the employer has to respond to that.

So you can ask and your employer can respond by saying yes or no. Let me fill you in on something. That already exists. Any employee can ask for flex time, I know workers in countless industries that have it. Many people do not get to have this arrangement though because of the type of job they have.

Trudeau’s announcement amounts to nothing. It also comes after he has spent an awful lot of time bashing the NDP policy of bringing in a $15 minimum wage for federally regulated workers. As HuffPo has eagerly reported, Trudeau dismisses the plan as not helping most people:

“The NDP will talk about its plan to increase the minimum wage, and yet they won’t tell you their plan won’t help 99 per cent of people who earn the minimum wage in this country,” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said at his campaign launch on Sunday. It won’t help servers, hotel receptionists, garage attendants or cashiers, he said.

The same can be said of Trudeau’s plan. It won’t help most Canadians because most Canadians don’t work in federally regulated industries.

Of course that was lost on his team how put out this press release attacking Mulcair’s plan within hours of their own leader announcing a measure only aimed at the same workforce.


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commented 2015-08-20 20:37:31 -0400
CBC News reported tonight (Internet site) that “Trudeau discussed party plans to introduce flex-hours into the federal labour code to help families with obligations outside the workplace.” Of course he didn’t and the CBC well well aware of that. Promote falsehoods in Titles and then maybe recant them later in the fine print which hopefully won’t be read — irresponsible in my books, if not unethical.
commented 2015-08-20 17:48:23 -0400
“Sit . Justin. Sit. Good Doggie !. " “Here is a pillow ,Justin , (tosses pillow) attack and destroy! Pretend it is a small businessman and his family! Good Doggie. "
commented 2015-08-20 15:37:58 -0400
So,“Flex-Execs”, is wee Justie’s latest platform? Add it to his growing list: “Hug-a-Thug”, “Hot for Pot”, “Space/Time Theory”, “Soft on Crime”, “Whip Out the Big Guns”, Self-Balancing Budgets", “De-Fang/Neutralize ISIS”, “Tuques/Bull’s Wool for Troops”, “Abortion on Demand”, “Meddle with the Middle Class”, “Root Causes”, “Smokin’the Peace Pipe”, “Koran in French”, “Cut the Carbon”, “Shampoo Shin-ding”, “Awesome Avengers”, ’Drama for Dummies", “Wynne Mills”, “Made-in-Canada Mosques”, “Eggs in Many Baskets”, “Shrinking World”, “Tax Money for Tots”, etc. WOW! DOUBLE WOW-WOW!
commented 2015-08-20 15:01:37 -0400
Justins election promises, if nothing else, are a great source of entertainment.
commented 2015-08-20 14:38:33 -0400
One of the more unpleasant aspects of my job is that I have to audit a number of small registered and unregistered businesses, many of which have Govt. supply contracts or sub-contracts – this cluster of (let’s call them bottom tier or struggling private enterprises) have a genetic template – all employ under 10 full time immigrant workers with no or low skills and virtually no language skills at all – for minimum wage or lower, no benefits , no OT, long work hours, poor work conditions with many safety violations – many of these workers are on an on-call basis that never amounts to full or part time documented hrs. , or work from home on piece work in the labor grey market. Common terminology for these operations is “sweat shop”. When I become aware that this is what I’m auditing I simply do not patronize them as a vendor but say nothing that would have the authorities shut them down because many of these people are unemployable in the legitimate labour market.

These businesses (operations) are blooming like toad stools in low rent properties and garages all over the Canadian rust belt – this sad phenomena is the ascending grey market economy. It grows exponentially after each legitimate business paying full regulated wages and benefits fails due to some new tax or regulatory costs pushing them over the brink of insolvency. Like the steadfast law of nature abhorring a vacuum the commerce these defunct businesses leave is scooped up by grey market operators. The gray market robs the system of billions of revenue and keeps those reliant on it in perpetual working impoverishment – and it is becoming a norm in small scale manufacturing.

My message to Trudeau, Mulcair and any other politician who wants to meddle in markets with interventionist legislating would be this: LEAVE THE LEGITIMATE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER OUT OF YOUR GRANDIOSE UTOPIAN PLANS! Small registered certified businesses are all that stands between what’s left of mid level economic productivity and a stagnant economy. They employ the people you say you care about. No union or legislative coercion will force these small scale operators to give any more to their employees than the economy will dictate. Over burdening these businesses will collapse them, when legitimate small business collapses, grey market business expands and with it the working-poor conditions I have described.
commented 2015-08-20 10:56:45 -0400
Yet another burden on Canadian taxpayers to fund this “nanny state” tactic by Kathleen Troodo, no I mean Justin Wynne, wait, I mean…..that fkg stupid goof liberal communist pig running for PM.
commented 2015-08-20 10:33:07 -0400
Grasping at straws, these guys are desperate. Justin is insulting everyone’s intelligence. This new idea is just another carrot for people who can’t connect the dots. Justin’s best bets are as pimp and pusher, votes and a money stream. Pot smokers are not going to be happy with all the regulation and taxation from his legalization plan though.
This flexible work hours plan, doesn’t work for anyone who isn’t in a union. Guess what, most Canadians aren’t. And don’t union workers already get a lot of flex time.
Laughable shiny thing shiny pony.
commented 2015-08-20 08:40:43 -0400
Justin is desperately looking for an edge. He picked another loser.
commented 2015-08-19 17:29:51 -0400
Let’s see how the Newspapers, for example the Winnipeg Free Press cover this story. Likely, as usual, without any real analysis.