Political Eh-conomy: The in-and-out trick: Thoughts on Canada Post, CPP and your child’s breakfast

The past few days have not been great for public services in Canada. Canada Post will be phasing out home delivery of mail. Expansion of the Canada Pension Plan was scuttled at the finance ministers’ meeting. In the grand scheme of things, however, these are not extreme cutbacks. It’s not as if Canada Post is ...

Politics and its Discontents: In This Season Of Getting And Spending

… a timely reminder about the practices of the world’s biggest retailer: This article is also worthy of perusal. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: On Insincere Apologies

I’ll probably have more to write later, but for now, here are some always reliable insights by Star readers on the ‘apology’ from RBC CEO Gord Nixon: Royal Bank chief executive makes public apology, April 11 An open letter to RBC President and CEO Gord Nixon: Don’t outsource jobs at your Canadian operations at the ...

Politics and its Discontents: Two Blogging Recommendations

With so many things of note to comment on, today is one of those days when, if I had the time, I suspect I would spend most of the day writing blog posts. Instead, allow me to direct your attention, if you haven’t already read them today, to Alison over at Creekside, and Owen at ...

Politics and its Discontents: Outsource Canada

I’m not sure who is actually responsible for breaking down these outsourcing statistics according to province and company, but we certainly owe him or her a real debt of gratitude. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: More On RBC’s Outsourcing From Star Readers

I have a busy morning ahead, so for now I take the liberty of reproducing two letters from this morning’s Star that make some excellent points as to how to apportion blame for the outrageous corporate practice of outsourcing Canadian jobs, most apparent in the current RBC imbroglio. As well, if you have the time, ...

Politics and its Discontents: Bad Corporate Behaviour Abounds

As fellow blogger LeDaro pointed out to me the other day in a comment on my post about the Royal Bank’s outsourcing of jobs, such practices are common among all of our banks. Further research by the CBC has come up with ample evidence to verify LeDaro’s observation. You can read the complete sad and ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Rogue’s Gallery

Just two pictures, so perhaps not a real gallery, but I think the descriptor is accurate. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: The Royal Bank Responds With An Attempt At Damage Control

Somehow, I don’t think George Orwell would be too impressed by the RBC response to its public relations nightmare over the outsourcing of Canadian jobs: Said Zabeen Hirji, RBC’s chief human resources officer: “We recognize the impact of this situation on our employees and we continue to remain focused on assisting our employees through this ...

Politics and its Discontents: Now It All Makes Sense

RBC CEO Gord Nixon I just knew there had to be a logical explanation. This explains that. Recommend this Post

Politics and its Discontents: Score Another One For Orwell

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face — forever. – George Orwell As always, the writer had exceptional clarity about where Western society was headed. H/t Steve Collett Recommend this Post