Editor: So poor Mike Duffy is to be suspended with no income. Right. Let’s just think about this a bit. Does he not own a luxurious home in Ontario? Does he not own a cottage in Cavendish? Is he not over 65 and eligible for Old Age and CPP? Not sure if he has a pension from CTV and other places but probably has an RRSP. Of course, he has been drawing a nice salary from taxpayers plus grabbing more than he is entitled to. So he’s hired a lawyer to fight for his job. Ahhh, poor Mike Duffy.
What about the single mother in Montague who was laid off from her job last year? She had no income and under the new EI rules she was not eligible because she didn’t have transportation to drive to work. She has no home she can sell, no assets to draw from and she can’t afford a lawyer to fight her case. So she took her picket sign and stood on the side of the road in protest — in the cold and rain — trying to find a way to draw attention to her plight.
What about the social assistance recipients, seniors below the poverty line, those with disabilities, young people lacking job skills — these folks have little to no income. So they go to food banks and thrift stores or do without the basics — not the luxuries — the basics. But this isn’t about the real poor — it’s about Mike Duffy.
I doubt that he is doing without the basics. I am pretty certain he still has food, clothes, car, home and, in all likelihood, money. But he’s crying “poor”! Give us a break. How stupid does he think Canadians are? Duffy is representative of the greed and sense of entitlement that this country’s government has become. He should not be suspended — he should be arrested for fraud and theft. And throw in Pam and Patrick for good measure — they are all cut from the same cloth and I think it is made from pigskin.