"In terms of the unemployed, of which we have over a million-and-a-half, don't feel particularly bad for many of these people. They don't feel bad about it themselves, as long as they're receiving generous social assistance and unemployment insurance."
- Conservative leader Stephen Harper, then vice-president of the National Citizens Coalition, in a June 1997 Montreal meeting of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing American think tank.
Fast forward to 2009:
“Our goal is to help people get back to work, and get back to work quickly in jobs that will last,” [Diane] Finley [Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development] said in an interview with Canwest News Service. “We do not want to make it lucrative for them to stay home and get paid for it, not when we still have significant skill shortages in many parts of the country.”
Compassionate conservatism at its finest.
Economy takes 3.4% dive