Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Eastern/Western Canada Worker Shuttle?

I'll go out on a limb here and say....this is about the dummest thing I've heard in a long time.

If there is no work where you live the long-term solution IS NOT a $800 a week shuttle to where there is work. News bulletin: You might just have to MOVE if you want to work!

Must be a liberal that thought of this plan (oops.....did I say thatout loud?)

At the end of the article he says that are even programs already in place that could fund his idea.
....and thus we see why our taxes are too high.....

Windsor mayor proposes Western Canada job shuttle
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2008 1:11 PM MTCBC News

The mayor of Windsor, Ont. wants to see planeloads of workers hit by the auto manufacturing slowdown making regular runs to Western Canada.

What Mayor Eddie Francis calls a "long distance commuting program" could send Windsorites to Saskatoon, Edmonton and Calgary — cities that have been experiencing labour shortages.

Francis, who talked about the plan at his state of the city address on Monday, told CBC News he first pitched the idea at a meeting of big city mayors. The proposal was embraced by a number of civic leaders, including Saskatoon mayor Don Atchison, he said.

"One of the ideas that we began tossing around is, 'Is there a way for us to shuttle people back and forth, so that people and family members that are working out west don't need to go through the expense, don't need to go through the turbulent transition, of taking their entire family with them?'" he said.
The workers would stay in the Western cities five days a week and head home for the weekends.

It's not clear where the money to subsidize the flights would come from. According to the Expedia website, the cheapest regular-price airline flights between Windsor and Saskatoon in March and April are more than $800 return.

However, Francis said he has already received calls from corporations and plans to approach airlines as well.

There are federal programs that may subsidize this type of proposal as well, he said.

.....ya....there probably are those kinds of programs....cancel them. My taxes are too high because of stupid programs like that.

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