Friday, April 07, 2006

Big unions on the Saskatchewan budget

Larry Hubich -- SFL President

The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour waded into the fray on the Saskatchewan budget. Hilarious lede on their news release:

Largest Taxpayer Group Gives Budget a C+
Today the organization that speaks on behalf of more taxpayers than any other group in the province gave the 2006 Saskatchewan budget a passing grade.

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour President, Larry Hubich said, "through our affiliated and non-affiliated unions and on behalf of more than 120,000 'real' Saskatchewan taxpayers and their families, I offer a passing grade of C+ to the Finance Minister and the provincial government on the 2007-2007 budget released today."


Wow. How self-serving is that? Larry Hubich from on-high annointing the provincial budget with his approval on behalf of "real" taxpayers, and not those low-rent non-union hacks.

But check this: Larry says he would have given the budget a higher grade were it not for the the reckless tax cuts for land-owner elites.

"We could have supported targeted tax incentives in certain areas, but we would base such incentives on demonstrated corporate performance. Sort of a 'pay-for-performance' regime or an 'incentive based' plan for business, Hubich said. He added, "You know -- if you do this you get this. Not simply putting the money up first, and hoping business will respond positively."


OK, this is historic. I now look forward to seeing all union contracts based on performance, or "incentive-based." You know, instead of giving all the money up front and just blindly hoping union workers will work harder.

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

After reading your pathetic little wimperings on this topic, I sent an email to the SFL and am encouraging them to commence a TOTAL BOYCOTT in Saskatchewan of ALL businesses who contribute to this pathetic little CTF association of yours. Let's see how much Jason Kenney and (oh who's the guy who used to work security for Grant Devine.... ahhh - oh yeah) Ken Azzapardi will like that. (Oh and you can thank David McLean for your loss of business and revenue!! Have a nice weekend!!!!!

So to all who are reading this post, get ready for the boycott. If your business donates to the CTF - we will encourage everyone to stop shopping at your store, or doing business with you.

(Oh and you can thank David McLean for your loss of business and revenue!! Have a nice weekend!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My, my Anonymous what power you have!

-Willard Teevens

Anonymous said...

You will see.

Andy Charles said...

I just sent the CTF $110 for an annual membership. Best money I've spent in a while.

Keep up the good work exposing these fiscal bufoons.

Anonymous said...

as soon as we determine what business andy charles has, we will commence a boycott of it.

Anonymous said...

So they pretend to speak for 'real' taxpayers? The guy should change his name to Mr Hubris. As for his supporters, very mean-sprited! The guy sounds about as nice as a wounded beast!

Rick said...

Anonymous:
I've been a member of the tax payer federation for 12 years,they are the best thing that has happened here!!!
Let the sun shine in for a while you are missing the boat!

Anonymous said...

Mr. Anonymous is silly for making threats against businesses/people who fight for lower taxes, less waste and accountable government.

Talk and threats of boycotts, etc. sounds like Stalinist Russia - what utter Tom Foolery.

Keep up the good work David. You make excellent arguments and I too, feel like my support of the CTF is money well spent.

-Willard

David MacLean said...

We've been threatened before by boycotts. Doesn't work. We're still here. Nice work, anonymous.

Nice bully tactic. Guess we struck a nerve.

Ridiculous said...

Is that the way Larry looks at his kids? He's a goddam anochronistic asshole. Fuck him. He's a dinosaur. Have another beer larry, and chill.

Brick Wall said...

I think it is a shot at CTF demands that unions be on incentive based contracts. If its good for workers its good for employers. But it seems that most employers are hypocrites. Their employees should be on incentive based pay but not them.

David MacLean said...

Yes, the sarcasm wasn't lost on me.

Anonymous said...

Willard is from Ontario and surprise he’s a big fan of Mike Harris. You know the hack and slash guy.

Anonymous said...

I think you have all missed the point the Regina and District Labour Council represents more tax payers in Regina than the Tax Payers Federation represents in Saskatchewan, and Larry Hubic speaks for and represents more tax payers in Saskatchewan than the Tax Payers Federation does in Canada. I am a Union member and a tax payer and David who? does not speak for me. If David who? Is upset by those facts then change them. Although I’m sure it would be hard to attract ordinary hard working families to your hack and slash program.

Anonymous said...

hack and slash taxes, Hubris man!, for all!, even for the union!

Greg P said...

I think it's pretty laughable to assume that a federation of labour represents every unionized employee.

I'm a dues-paying CAW member, and Buzz Hargrove sure as hell doesn't 'represent' me, nor does the head of any association to which the CAW belongs.

Willard - boycotts are a pretty good capitalistic way of voicing displeasure towards a business - most likely not effective in this case, but a consumer-driven boycott is a much better way of showing displeasure then, oh, violence, or legislation.

Right to worl said...

Anon
First I hope you didn't send your threats on government time.
Secondly if all it took was a membership in the CTF to keep you and your dictator union buddies out of our doors {espesially back doors} every business would be a CTF member.
The only place you could shop is the Gov liquor store and Wallmart. But you hate Wallmart too. Don't buy food cause most farmers support thr CTF.
Guess what My membership is not mandatory not like yours.
You are the type that should lose your job after the next election when the commies lose their control of Saskatchewan.

Fred said...

Personally, I boycott all unions and as much union made stuff as I can.

Have not and will not buy a union made vehicle and search out firms that have employees, not slaves to union dues.

Buzz Hargrove is pathetic and a traitor.

Fuck unions, one and all

David MacLean said...

Anon, I get the point. I understand this news release by the SFL was dripping with sarcasm. Doesn't make it any less dumb, though.

Brick Wall said...

I hope it gives you pause to reevaluate your own releases, as well. Since they may also be considered "dumb".

Saskatchewan citizen said...

I find these comments are truly children throwing stones; name calling, swearing is very pathetic. let's deal with the issue: more tax savings for business who frankly don't need it. will the prices decrease because of the tax cuts? they haven't in the past; I doubt that they will any time soon. when the cost goes up for the business, the cost is past on to the consumer. again, the average working person in this fine province did not get a lot from this budget, but you don't see any of that mentioned here. but I am fine with that, because the social system in our province needs to be strengthened, and this gov't did that a little. so, tell me how the economy would work if the coffers keep getting smaller. that is correct, up the taxes for the citizens of this province, while trying to lure outsiders to come in with the big breaks. let's get real here. businesses should be taxed. and that there is more citizens in the province than business.

Anonymous said...

Sk citizen, if you take too much from business, either becasue of envy or ignorance or whatever the cause, businesses will not want to be in your jurisdiction: we are seeing a good example this week in PA, where Weyuerheauser is cutting the last 600 (high-paying) jobs, while simultaneously hiring hundred for expansions in Alberta: the number of jobs in SK is falling, the population is falling, the remaining population is increasingly dependant on social programs: unless we expand the economy, and having competative tax rates is part of that, how can the "social system be strengenthed". It is jsut amazing that the NDP took so many years to figure this out, and I hope you realize it too.

David MacLean said...

Guys and girls, I need you to cool it on the language. Please.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

There are a lot more taxpayers than buisnesses in Sask. Buisness gets the goldmine taxpayers get the shaft.

Anonymous said...

stf, there are many more dependant people in SK than there are taxpayers: SK has the worst dependancy ratio out of all the provinces; you may not understand this, since you are high on socialst idealogy: the problem is that we do not ahve enough people that are employed in the private sector: much of the younger generation (my peers) have left: they left behind lots of old people (you) lots of gubmnt workers (you) lots of welfare cases, etc...
This is the situation: are you capable of addressing it? as for the "goldmine" comment, that's real funny, you old stoner! Bye bye Weyco, it was nice!

sask.taxpayers federation said...

What do we do with all the depedants? You are smrt.....smart.So what do all your ramblings mean? I think it means you are quoting someone else. You do not hav any solutions. All the things you've said have been tried by other right wing gov'ts. What was the result? Big debt,high unemployment,less income,slashed programs etc. Nothing moved but my bowels. Under Devine and his economic plan we went backwards just as we have with any other right wing kooks like yourself. We listened to these people and look what happened. You have a strong faith in policies that never work and never will. You repeat the same B.S. as the rest of your disolusioned friends. I'm sick of people like yourself that make statements like you have a new idea. Tories and Liberals ruined Canada, admit it. Now they are trying to copy my democratic parties policies. They need more than a makeover. They need vision which no Tory has. You mr.anonymous are full of rhetoric manure. Don't try and outfox a fox.
You can tell by the amount of visitors to this site(all Tories) it's a drag. You can't even spell you poor illiterate fool.

Anonymous said...

stf, you are the personification of NDP SK: old, atrophied, bitter, ranting and delusional (you seem to have a touch of the the sometimers).

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Older and a helleva a lot smarter than you.

Anonymous said...

Then answer this: why is SK being hollowed-out? Why are so many dependants (like you) being left behind?
I think that it is because the SK NDP subsidizes poverty and mediocrity, therefore we got more and more of it.

Sask.Taxpayers Federation said...

Kiss aasing the buisness community won't put more money in taxpayers pockets. You don't make any sense. There are a lot of factors that drive people fom one place to another. The bad mouthing by the Sask Party doesn't help. They bring everybody down to their level. They make false accusations and grandstand in the legeslature. They do a great harm. They are full of hate as you are. They are dangerous and ignorant as you are. They copy NDP policy and say look at the new ideas. The Sask Party are NDP light. No sugar only artificial flavourings.

Anonymous said...

crazy (^)

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Like a fox...........

Anonymous said...

an old, stinky, messy-aired, flea-infested, dumb fox.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Foxes are smart hunters which you are not.

sask.taxpayers federation said...

Call me all the names you want. I'm still right and you are misinformed. The gov't is in the service industry not a buisness. We've had incompotant tories who tried to run it like it was their own buisness. The Liberals and Tories have had their kick at the pot and bent the pot. They ruined this country. Let someone else have a go. Things can't get any worse. We've had the rest now try the best............NDP. They have some good policies that have worked.

Anonymous said...

stf, things are getting worse: the province continues to bleed jobs and people, leaving you dependants behind. That's why your dipper friend Comrade Tmpson is cutting corporate taxes. Calvert's Cuba (North Korea) is not working.

Anonymous said...

stf, you should hunt mice: SK is infested with them, they don;t work, they jst pilfer other people's stuff: it's terrible, they've been ruining this province. Happy hunting!

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