Ontario Premier Scolds Small Business Owners — Bully Tactics to be Sole Domain of Governments

Premier Wynne-FNT-SmallTORONTO – The premier of Ontario had harsh words on Thursday for the owners of a Tim Hortons’ coffee franchise. She accused them of bullying their staff by reducing employee benefits to cut costs, and wants them to reverse the decision.

As the head of the government of Canada’s wealthiest province, the premier apparently saw no irony in personally attacking the owners of a small-business who were taking steps to try and mitigate a 20% minimum wage hike imposed on Ontario businesses by the province.

The premier is apparently under the assumption that small-business franchise owners have the unlimited wherewithal of a government to fund their operations. The assumption is ostensibly being made because the owners in this case, who are being called “heirs” by the media, happen to be the children of the original Tim Horton franchise founders.

As one of the founders died in 1974, and the other one is still living, there is no evidence to suggest that the franchise owners are any wealthier than any other small business owner faced with a 20% wage hike, a cost that has been forced upon them by government.

The Ontario premier would seem to have it that tough, top-down decisions related to business, that might be considered bullying by some, are to remain the sole province of the Province. Source: FNT Staff  

Photo credit: Original images at: Financial Post, CBC News

Ontario Government Cancels Christmas Because of Increased Health Care Costs Due To Over-eating

Christmas Meal Cancel-FNT-Small.pngTORONTO – Queens Park rushed through emergency legislation to cancel Christmas indefinitely in Ontario, just in time to stop the yuletide celebrations this year. According to one government analyst, Derrick Roebarton, the move will save the province more than $40 million in OHIP payouts, for 2017 alone.

After reading a seven-year-old federal report on the economic implications of obesity. the government’s spreadsheet warriors have determined that overweight people cost the province’s health care system $4.5 billion. When asked if any of the physicians in the province had been consulted as to the actual effects of that on an individual’s health, Roebarton was shocked.

“Not my problem, man” he said. “I just crunch the numbers and if we can save the treasury a few bucks it means a bonus at year end.”

When a number of Ontarians were stopped on the streets of Toronto and asked what they thought about the abrupt cancellation of Christmas, most were ambivalent.

One man from Mississauga, who said his name Ronald Selwin, replied with a shrug. He said that he had thought long and hard about it and felt that as a Canadian he had decided to apologize to the Ontario government for his behavior and, that of his fellow citizens. He also explained that he considered it bad form to use the word Christmas.

“I mean, I get it,” he said. “We overindulge in everything during holidays and that can lead to obesity. I’m guilty of it myself. So we’re really abusing OHIP; anyone should be able to see that. So, as for cancelling the holiday, I guess we deserve it and although government is our friend, it’s not as if we’re not used to being disappointed by it.”

Roebarton, the financial analyst, said that he wouldn’t miss having Christmas in Ontario, as he usually went to his parents place in New Brunswick, anyway, because now that he had a decent government job, he could afford it. He did profess to be disappointed in one aspect of the situation, however.

“Man, if we’d only twigged to that obesity information back in February or March,” he said, “we could have tripled or maybe even quadrupled the savings. I would have made the sunshine list this year.” Source: FNT Staff

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