The liberals are courting voters again, and brushed off a stale old promise that worked for them before. It goes like this: make a promise, get the votes, and, once elected, say there's no money to fulfill the promise. It works every time!
Stale promise number 1: They promise to start a National Child Care Program. They've been promising this one since before my kids were born. My kids recently graduated from university. No childcare program. The Liberals have really run this promise into the ground. When I saw it on the front page of the Toronto Star this week, I could hardly believe my eyes. When it fully registered, I laughed myself silly.
The next day, more stale promises were trotted out: pay equity was one. Looks like the Liberals are looking for more women's votes this time. Ah, pay equity. Would be nice in a land where women earn something like 75 percent of what men earn.
Men earn more even in female dominated fields like nursing and administrative assistant. Fresh out of college, the difference in starting income for females and males doing administrative work is 20%. Enough to make one pound one's head against the table. It hasn't changed much since I was a bright-eyed highschool graduate and finding that my male contemporaries had well-paying jobs, and were buying cars and houses, starting families... and the most I could afford from my earnings was a single room in a rooming house. Even when I worked as a secretary to the President of a national organization, I could not afford my own apartment! Good grief!
Pay equity. They've been promising that almost ever since I started working, and now I'm almost ready to retire!
I guess the Liberals are counting on a good percentage of the voting population to be too young to realize how old these Liberal promises are.