The Curious Case of the Missing Recovery

            We all know there’s an economic recovery out there, right?  Because it said so, in the newspapers.

            Problem is, no-one I know has actually seen the recovery.  (I don’t have any friends who are bank executives.  So all those multi-billion dollar bonuses being paid out by government-subsidized, government-protected banks?  No-one I know got any of it.)

            In fact, on Main Street (not Bay Street) I could credibly argue that things are still getting worse.  The Siemens plant in Hamilton is closing – I just read about that in the newspapers, too.  Another 500 good high-tech jobs gone.  Manufacturing payrolls are still falling.  Real per capita GDP is lower than it was in 2004.

            For most Canadians, there’s no recovery yet – and there won’t be one until a lot more people are working, in decent jobs, earning a decent living.

            So where is the recovery, anyway?  Is it missing?  Has it been stolen?  Is there a crime afoot?

            We have hired two world-famous detectives to help solve this mystery.  It’s called “The Curious Case of the Missing Recovery.”  I can’t tell you who they are (it’s a licensing and royalties issue).  But I can give you an opaque clue:







With these guys on the case, we are sure to find that missing recovery.  Watch the full drama here (click on the Missing Recovery thumbnail, top right):

Abundant credits to Amistad Video and Film, Director Mike Connolly, Animator Mike Constable, the volunteers who appear in the film, and the open-minded folks at the CAW Communication Department!

There’s a longer version of the film available for showing to union meetings or other community events, that also features a short message from CAW President Ken Lewenza on the fightback to fix EI, protect pensions, and create good jobs in Canada. Contact the CAW Communications Dept. at 416-497-4110 for a copy.


  • I am still chuckling and it has been 10 minutes. Well done you nutty bunch of nutbars!

    Your a dude Jimbo.


  • On a more serious note, as you point out, there are many activities that went on and continue to go on that are and should be followed up on as crimes. Pensions and severance obligations and bankruptcy laws are the two most noticeable.

    These should be white colour crimes and more regulations and policing are needed. A difficult recession is a sad time to find out that we have wholes the size of manufacturing plants in our legislation. Buut isn’t that just the crappy history workers in this country have come to expect within this 30 year neo-liberal assault.

    The other legislation I do think we need earnestly changed in Ontario is the anti-scab legislation. It is killing the labour movement in the face of this recession and the surge in foreign takeovers.


  • There is no recession in Canada. The Federal MP’s got a big boost in their gold plated pensions. There were millions of dollars of our tax money, given to banks, huge corporations, gas and oil company’s. Perhaps the recession, only pertains to the little guy.

    Likewise in BC. Millions of dollars went to big business as well. BC as everyone knows has the highest number of, children living in poverty, homeless seniors, the lowest minimum wage, the most corrupt province, second from the bottom of the poorest provinces in Canada, the highest job losses. And since BC is terminally ill, the citizens were handed an impossible budget, and the asinine HST, along with price gouging. We are going to need a huge amount of red tents, in every city and town, in BC.

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