Baisser votre niveau de vie pour rester concurrentiel, ou crever !

Le Canada est dans une sérieuse précarité, nos exportations diminuent, le nombre d’entreprises diminue et l’investissement privé stagne.

Il y a plus de 3 ans, j’avais expliqué le phénomène du ‘grilled cheese’, malheureusement, nous sommes un cas unique dans le monde, nos deux pays de proximité sont les Américains et les Mexicains.

·         Le premier se bat pour se maintenir en vie, il accepte d’être au seuil de pauvreté pour avoir un emploi.

·         Et nous avons les Mexicains concurrençant directement le coût de la main-d’œuvre chinoise.

Les Américains se bat contre les Mexicains et il est prêt à travailler à 12 $ à 14 $ de l’heure dans le secteur manufacturier sans aucun bénéfices marginaux pour essayer de se sortir des ‘foods stamps, 48 millions, et nous on se bat contre les Américains et les Mexicains.

"If we don't look at what other countries are doing, and it's just basically decided on labour rates, then, quite frankly, they'll be no industry here in 10 years," he warned..

King said the labour rate issue is already decided.

"I think what's gone are the days where people that are working in low-skilled jobs are going to be able to command high high salaries based simply on unions being able to negotiate big increases," he said. "Those days are gone." (1)

Le Canada n’est tout simplement plus concurrentiel, l’investissement privé est au point mort (dead money), car aucun entrepreneur ne veut investir dans ces conditions, en plus, les gens se sont surendetté dû au crédit facile, donc, il limite leurs consommations, pourquoi augmenter la production ?

“Rather than investing the windfall from their tax cuts to create jobs, Canada’s largest non-financial corporations are hoarding cash and paying fat compensation to their CEOs,” says the Canadian Labour Congress in a press release accompanying the study.

Corporate income tax cuts by recent Liberal governments and the Harper Conservatives have failed to have the desired effect of prompting economic growth, the study concludes.

“Proponents of ever lower corporate taxes argued that the money corporations saved from lower taxes would be reinvested in real assets such as new factories, new machinery and equipment, and training, thus boosting economic growth and productivity, and helping create more and better jobs,” the study said.

“However, this is not what has happened. Real investment has languished while profitable corporations have been paying out much more in dividends to shareholders and accumulating more financial assets.” (1)

Vous constatez dans quel pétrin que nous sommes.

Harper voulant miser sur un seul cheval avec le pétrole albertain, il s’est trompé royalement, comme il s’est trompé royalement en baissant les impôts de société, nous privant ainsi de milliards d’impôts ou en laissant pendant plusieurs années un dollar canadien surévalué, détruisant nos entreprises.

Évidemment, comme j’avais mentionné  à plusieurs reprises, c’est bien plus complexe qu’une simple baisse d’impôts, mais comme c’est un ancien économiste, il avait lu cela quelque part dans un livre, enfin …

“Proponents of ever lower corporate taxes argued that the money corporations saved from lower taxes would be reinvested in real assets such as new factories, new machinery and equipment, and training, thus boosting economic growth and productivity, and helping create more and better jobs,” the study said.

“However, this is not what has happened. Real investment has languished while profitable corporations have been paying out much more in dividends to shareholders and accumulating more financial assets.”

CLC Secretary-Treasurer Hassan Yussuff said the taxes being paid by business have steadily declined in recent decades.

“Corporate income taxes amounted to only 8.3 per cent of all government revenues in 2011, down from 8.8 per cent in 2010 and from an average of 11 per cent in the 1960s and ’70s,” he said.

“In return for tax breaks, companies are supposed to be investing their windfall to create good jobs in Canada but instead they are hoarding cash.” (2)

Donc, la solution, elle ne sera pas joyeuse, et les politiciens ne voudront pas vous le dire, mais étant un blogue, j’ai pleine liberté de vous le dire :

L’Ontario a le même problème que le Québec, vous allez devoir baisser votre niveau de vie pour rester concurrentiel, en espérant que les compagnies ne vont pas disparaître entre temps.

Bien sûr, il y a des politiciens ou des économistes qui vont vous dire : on a juste à créer des compagnies avec de la valeur ajoutée avec des gens bien formés, tout le baratin standard, c’est vrai en théorie, mais ton voisin est aussi brillant que toi, mais il coûte moins cher, OUPS !

Créer une compagnie facile à dire, mais loin d’être évident, typique de ces individus qui n’on jamais mit la main à la pâte, ça prend au moins 10 à 15 ans avant de créer une PME, en espérant qu’elle n’a pas fait faillite ou l’entrepreneur ne s’est pas découragé entre temps, et cela dans un environnement de saine concurrence.

Ce qui est loin d’être le cas, on se bat contre un pays émergent et l’autre imprime chaque mois de la monnaie de singe, donc, on risque de mourir bien avant.

Donc, en résumé, si on veut être plus productif, 
on réduit notre niveau de vie ou on crève !

P.S. Évidemment, ça ne fait pas gagner des votes ou vendre des journaux, mais c’est la triste réalité.


Source: Ontario's Job Market Is Beginning To Look Like A Disaster, The Huffington Post Canada, By Daniel Tencer Posted: 07/13/2014 10:37 am

The foundations of Ontario’s job market are turning into quicksand that threatens to swallow the province’s economic future — and despite all the heated political rhetoric out there, at least one prominent economist believes the problem may not have a policy solution.

Ontario passed a grim historic milestone last month: According to StatsCan data, the number of manufacturing jobs — once the backbone of the province’s economy — hit their lowest level on record.

Manufacturing payrolls sank to under 750,000 last month, the lowest in records going back to 1976. And back in 1976, Ontario’s population was 8.2 million, or about 40 per cent lower than today’s 13.5 million.

The latest job numbers from StatsCan, released Friday, paint a vivid picture of what’s wrong with Ontario.

While Canada lost 9,400 net jobs in June and the unemployment rate edged up to 7.1 per cent, Ontario saw 33,900 jobs lost in the month (some of that was offset by job gains mostly in western provinces). Its jobless rate edged up to 7.5 per cent.

More than a third of those losses — 13,600 jobs — were in the manufacturing sector, which economists have been telling us for months is right on the verge of a renewed boom, thanks to the U.S.’s economic recovery.

Les économistes, on autant d’expertise que mon chien !

Well that recovery, such as it is, certainly is not translating into new jobs. Not surprisingly, the search for causes and solutions to this predicament has become political.

The Harper government is shielding itself from potential blame by focusing on the large deficits run up by the province’s Liberal government. Finance Minister Joe Oliver has been urging Ontario to cut its deficits, warning that when interest rates rise, taxpayers will get stuck with an unaffordable bill.

The Fraser Institute, that bastion of western Canadian conservative economic thought, recently slammed the province’s “interventionist government” for keeping corporate taxes at levels it sees as too high, and for otherwise not doing enough to attract private sector investment.

Vraiment, il ne comprend rien, on a déjà réduit les impôts de société, et ça n’a absolument rien changé, sauf que ça donné plus de dividende aux actionnaires.

Former Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak followed a similar line of reasoning in his election campaign last month, promising corporate tax cuts and a reduction in the size of government to spur economic growth. But his vow to slash 100,000 civil servants’ jobs proved too much for voters in a province already struggling with a stagnant job market.

Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne sees things differently. Her platform in last month’s election focused on government spending, rather than austerity, as the way out of the economic doldrums. Among other things, Wynne vowed to balance the budget by 2017-2018 in part by raising taxes on the top 2 per cent of earners.

But the politically driven solutions offered by politicians and think tanks may do little to help the situation, as Ontario’s problems appear to be driven by major shifts in the global economy, BMO chief economist Douglas Porter argues.

Ontario “is mostly a victim of economic circumstances far beyond its control, and not policy choices at home,” Porter wrote in a client newsletter Friday.

Reasons for Ontario’s decline include a 50-per-cent appreciation in the value of the loonie over the past decade, as well as the U.S.’s weak economic recovery and “relentless” competition for manufacturing jobs from China and Mexico, Porter wrote.

“For any manufacturing-dominated province, that’s an ugly external backdrop, which even the best economic policies would struggle to deal with,” he concluded.

That bit of insight ought to put finger-pointing politicians in their place.

But sadly, it brings us no closer to understanding
how to fix what’s wrong with Ontario
.

Solution : Baissez votre niveau de vie au niveau des Américains,
et peut-être on va s’en sortir…