Thursday, December 11, 2008

LIBERAL GOVERNMENT BROKE THE LAW

CHRETIEN AND MARTIN COLLECTED
$54 BILLION ILLEGALLY FROM EI


The following article appears today in the Globe and Mail:

"The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says the federal government broke the law in financing the employment insurance system by transforming premiums paid by workers and employers into an unconstitutional tax.

In a 7-0 judgment, the court ruled Thursday the former Liberal governments of Jean Chr├ętien and Paul Martin collected EI contributions illegally in 2002, 2003 and 2005.

In those years, EI rates were set directly by cabinet without proper authorization from Parliament, violating the ancient constitutional principle of no taxation without representation.

The Confederation des Syndicats Nationaux, one of Quebec's leading labour organizations, had demanded that $54-billion in allegedly diverted premiums be returned to the EI system and used to fund future benefits to jobless workers.

The court issued no order for repayment and suspended the effect of its judgment for one year in order to give the federal government time to sort out the legislative tangle."

I guess it would be easy for the average Canadian to balance their budget if they were just allowed to illegally get money from their neighbours. Isn't that called stealing?


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