wage gap what is it

Today in the house the term wage gap was used in a lot of the questions. Heidi needs to know ,are we calculating this number correctly.
Apparently the formula used goes something like this.
[divide the median earnings of full-time, year-round, working women by the median earnings of full-time, year-round, working men]
This method will only work if there are men only and women only occupations, in today’s world there are women bulldozer drivers and male nurses as well as male and female servers and pilots and cabin crew with men and women  getting equal pay  . In reality there isn’t a wage gap between men and women doing the same work in the western world.
What Heidi believes the issue should be is equal pay for equal work example ,should a person working as part of an airline cabin crew make the same as a restaurant server, or a day care person and a preschool teacher be paid the same.

Will some one out there help Heidi out with this , are we calculating a wage gap that is not there and should we be looking at wage equality a little closer.


More false news out of Ottawa

For some time now a lot of time that should have been used to run the government of Canada in a productive manor the opposition parties have been spreading false news about a working paper on changing the standing orders of the house.
Heidi for one has read the paper and it appears the opposition has not.
Let us look at it.
1) Sittings: The paper suggests that the house not sit Fridays but spread the half day Friday over Monday to Thursday having the work day start at eight or nine rather than ten . This would give the MP a full day at home to talk to the voters. However there is a second option which would make Friday a regular day. Now both these options put the MP’s work week more in line with the average Canadian when it comes to hours in and work out.
PROBLEM is the opposition MP’s claim the paper wants to cut Friday and that’s it no other options
2) Electronic Voting: Many other countries provinces and municipalities  have adopted electronic voting as opposed to standing and being counted and since the house is due for a makeover it would a good time to add this feature.
It appears the opposition has not read this part of the paper as they do not mention it during question period
3) Routine Proceedings: The paper wants a discussion on schedule debate for motions such as opposition motions during routine preceding’s
It appears the opposition has not read this part of the paper as they do not mention it during question period
4) Private members Business: looks at ways to give allocated time for members to introduce their own bills
It appears the opposition has not read this part of the paper as they do not mention it during question period
4) Prorogation: looks at ways to better use prorogation as opposed to the way the last government used it
It is obvious why the official opposition would not like to talk about this. Since the opposition used prorogation to their advantage but to the good of the country while they were in power it is easy to see why they do not want that changed

5) Management of Debate: talks about ways to get more comprehensive answers to questions by allowing more time to answer (up from 45 to cap of 65 days with an upper limit cap)
Talks to eliminating omnibus bills .Bills that hide issues not associated with the theme of the bill such as hiding retroactive gun laws in a budget bill.
Management of debate is addressed by asking that speaking time in committee be limited so that the floor could not be high jacked. Any MP could speak as many times as they feel the need to but only for a set time each time
While in power the opposition would take away questions and never come back with answers. So why would they change this it worked well for them.
Omnibus bills: worked well for the previous government when it came to hiding legislation so again why would they want to change that
Managing debate seems like a reasonable thing to look at ,Heidi cannot see what the issue is , perhaps this is why it never comes up in question period.

Now the big complaint and the largest bit of false news is that the PM will only be in the house one day per week. Heidi hears this time and time again during question period and it is an out and out fabrication.
This is what the paper says:
Question Period is where the Government is held to account for its policies and for the conduct of Ministers. The Government committed to reform Question Period so that all Ministers, including the Prime Minister, are held to greater account. Reforms to Question Period could include instituting a Prime Minister’s Questions time, as is done in Britain, and could also include lengthening the time allotted for questions and answers.

In Britain the PM is in the house as much as their schedule will allow but the PM has a day when they take all the questions. Just to make it simple for all the opposition supporter’s out there who have managed to stay with us. This means one day the PM answers all the questions, it does not mean the PM is just in the house for one day.

In conclusion Heidi hopes that someday the opposition parties will understand they are not in the house to simply go against whatever the government of the days wants to do but are there to serve Canadian’s even it means that the Government has some good ideas.

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Nathan Cullen

Today in the house Heidi observed Nathan Cullen stand in his place and call out the PM on not continuing with electoral reform. Nathan went on to say that all but the governing party agreed to a proportional system and therefore the PM had mislead Canadian’s.
What Nathan left out of his rant was that the committee had not continued with their quest to define what system they wanted. Heidi says this because the committee did not say what kind of proportional system they had chosen.
If the committee had presented a complete picture to the government and that was denied then perhaps Nathan would have reason to question the sincerity of the PM.
Perhaps the good folks of Skeena-Burkley Valley should ask Nathan why the committee came up short and why he does not understand just what the real purpose of the committee was.



Conservative MP’s news letter

People in Heidi’s Federal electoral area have been sent a news letter by their MP in this news letter was a section down playing the government , Heidi has commented on this section of the news letter.

1. The Massive Liberal Debt                Of course no mention of the 150 billion the previous government borrowed
2. The Cash for Access Scandal          Is it a scandal or is it sour grapes because no one will pay to hear the Conservatives or NDP speak
3. Refusing a Referendum on Electoral Reform When a committee is struck to bring back a process and only goes 1/2 way what will the                                                                                                           referendum be about when you say proportional system what kind of proportional system do you                                                                                     want , to say proportional is only part of  the story this is like saying I want a new car, OK a VW or                                                                                     a Chev.
4. Reckless Ministerial Spending       OK for the conservatives to spend over 12K at the UN but not OK for the Liberals to spend 6K in Paris to                                                                         take pictures
5. Glowing Praise for Fidel Castro      No more praise given by the Liberals then was given by the Pope
6. Refusing to Call ISIS Atrocities a Genocide   It is up to the UN to attach that label
7. Cancelling Conservative Tax Breaks                boutique breaks removed to give a tax free amount to all families , I know for a fact end the end                                                                                          families got more to spend on what they need
8. Staff Moving Expenses                Liberals went a little over board on this one
9. The Massive Paris Delegation    Which included not only Liberals but provincial leaders as well so all parties involved could see first hand                                                                    what the problems and agreements were about No under the table my way or the highway with this one
10. Not Showing up for Question Period    who or what , if you mean the PM he was traveling to complete trade deals that were not completed or                                                                             do you mean meetings with first nations and provincial leaders


These ten points is what the Conservatives can come with to belittle the government , looks like real government work must be going well

That is all Heidi can say today



Why a carbon tax on electricity

Heidi would like to know why there is a carbon tax on electricity in Ontario.
In Ontario base load is provided by hydraulic (water over a hill) and nuclear with standby provided by green energy such as wind solar and bio mass. We all know about the gas plants which cost billions of dollars to build and move but do we need them. Heidi asked this because Ontario has surplus power that is given to other jurisdictions.
If our base load and our backup power comes from non-carbon producing activities why then is there a carbon tax which by the way is hidden on the bill and not a separate part of the bill which means it is taxed. Tax on a tax just like we have on gasoline and fuel oil.
Heidi is asking anyone out there that can answer this question please do or if you cannot answer this question please ask your MP for an explanation.
That’s all Heidi has for today


What happens to your health care money

Seems the provinces are not happy with a three point five percent increase but say they need five point two percent. Ottawa countered with three point five percent and eleven point five billion in cash over the next ten years to be spent on home care and mental health.
Heidi’s question is what percent of the province’s health care money goes to home care and mental health. If it is one or two percent then that percentage can be moved to other areas and the cash from Ottawa would then be used for home care and mental health. Heidi finds it odd that the provinces have not come forth and said things like we only spend this much on home care and mental health so if Ottawa gives us enough cash to up the percentage then it would be a deal.
Heidi believes that the provinces spend so little in these areas they are embarrassed to admit that they have no idea the baby boomers that helped build Canada will soon be in need of this help and it will not be there.
Now please do not think Heidi is demeaning people with mental health issues but Heidi sort of kind of believes most of the provincial governments are need of this help.
If you care Heidi thinks you should ask your provincial representative just how much of the health care funds goes toward mental health and home care.


Help the middle class


If you wanted to help the middle class what would you do :

A) ask people who have been able to create millions of dollars in wealth to come up ideas to make Canada more productive
B) ask someone who can barely make ends meet what they can do to make Canada more productive

Now Heidi is not saying the person down on their luck hasn’t any ideas but Heidi is saying that person does not have the means to put these ideas in motion.
We have a government that is working to get things started and we have an opposition that spent the first twenty minutes of question period saying the government should not talk to the successful and that they should only talk to the average Canadian. Perhaps the opposition should buy a ticket and have a look at what is said by whom at these so called cash for access events.
On another matter Heidi believes that every government supporter should withhold contributions until the matter of taxing health care benefits is settled as a non starter . Even to think about taxing anything to do with healthcare is not what Canada is about.
This what Heidi thinks , what about you do you think about such things if you do contact your MP.