Editor: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the federal Conservatives seem to be punishing the Maritime provinces in a number of ways.
The Conservative agenda on seasonal workers on EI in this region seems especially abusive, excessive, and almost cruel by a federal government.
I believe this agenda will have a very negative effect on retail and other businesses and there is no justification for treating the Maritime provinces in this manner. I also wonder if we will lose a whole generation of our youth going west and not returning, causing further damage to the Maritime economy. Who could blame the youth going west and not returning if there is nothing here for them?
Another concern I have is why is Egmont MP Gail Shea not standing up for these seasonal workers who need hope for the future? I really think this is very shocking and troubling and it shouldn't be like this.
While PM Stephen Harper’s Conservatives take jobs from this region, from Veterans Affairs to postal workers across Canada, it doesn't help in approving the job markets in the Maritimes. I think this is mean-spirited and an insult to veterans. I know that my own father, who was a Merchant Navy veteran, would be quite upset if he were with us today.
It's ironic that the Harper Conservatives spend billions on warships and planes, and Maritimers seem to be treated like second-class citizens within Canada. This is certainly not right and I don't think it should be this way. I just think it's awful and we all need to wake up and demand the Harper Conservatives treat us equally, fairly, and with respect instead of punishment.
Lloyd W. Pickering,