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“When did this country start turning into a communist dictatorship?”

Dean Kadikoff posted the following after watching our video about the WSIB hounding drywaller Sean Keane for $340,000. (Eventually, they dropped their claim. He’s now suing them.)

“When did this country start turning into a communist dictatorship where our public employees and departments – be they federal, provincial or municipal – are sanctioned and given such powers as to allow such heavy-handed approaches as is the case here. To have (Sean Keane’s appeals of his $340,000 invoice from WSIB) continually return to the same auditor’s desk, and (for him) not to be given an opportunity to be reviewed by any other avenue within that department is just incomprehensible.

There need to be safeguards for us, the Canadian public, to be given the opportunity, nay the right, for a fair and unbiased review, within a resonable amount of time. This specific case has been going on for nearly 4 years – absolutely unacceptable. I speak not only about WSIB, but any other government department or agency that has the power to pull money out of the working man’s pockets. Most folks just pay up because they can’t afford to fight these issues even if they know they are right. It’s wrong, terribly wrong. Wake up Canada: I fear that it may already be too late.”

Edited version of Dean Kadikoff’s post on Nov. 23.

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Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
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  1. Dean asks when did Canada become a dictatorship, and the answer is “a long time ago”. It’s sad to say, but Canada has not been a functional democracy for many decades now. We have a veneer of democracy covering the reality that unelected, invisible bureaucrats make the big decisions that affect day to day lives. How did this happen? I’m not entirely sure, but I do know that a big part of the blame goes to many of us ordinary Canadians who have failed to ensure that rule by real democracy was preserved. We take our liberty far too lightly, and that’s why it has been stolen. The theft of liberty is being attempted in the US too, but at least a critical mass of ordinary Americans have the balls to fight against it. We Canadians are far too nice for our own good. Do we really have to go down in history as the world’s biggest national pushover? I hope not.

  2. June 25, 1968

    • Robert Koci

      Bang on, brother. I’ll let the rest of the world figure it out.

  3. Same thing happens to me
    Revenue canada wanted
    3.5 million
    Was reduced this year after 4 years of fighting
    to 350 k
    We will have to start holding these comunist bastards
    Accountable somehow

  4. Having grown up with immigrant parents ,and worked shoulder to shoulder with immigrant tradespeople throughout my whole apprenticeship, then onto my own
    Journeyman pursuits, I have learned something vital about the downside of immigration for a country .
    Most immigrants , ESPECIALLY the refugee immigrants are happy enough just to be on this soil .They dont want to “rock the boat “if you-will .
    In light and often great contrast to what they left behind , this could be their rendition of heaven.
    And rightfully so ,( for their feelings) Canada is the most wonderful country on the planet !
    Government lobbying and partisanship by the older Cronies that want to keep their place in line and what that brings it brings on , has become so
    prevalent , That the once vaguely obscure abuses of government and its controls have become front page news issues !

    Why do we pay more for petroleum products than the country to our south when we have our own resources ?

    Why do we pay more for our own lumber than the country to our south when it OUR Canadian product we are buying ?

    Why do we have a metro licensing when there is no mandate or process of certifying whether the company or individual is worth licensing in the 1st place ?

    Does anyone reading this article have any experience dealing with a claim with the past Hudak ? and now Tarion ?
    I have never EVER heard of anything positive ….just the standard : homes are basically built to last 5 years …thyen your on your own even if the defficient building practice took 5.5 yrs to evolve .

    What is the Ontario college of trades to my company besides another fee to pay ? How do THEY know how competent i or my company is in order to grace their list of certified trades ?

    And then theres wsib who audited me twice in 3 years for reasons unknown ,
    and in the last audit sent me a credit for well over r$ 10.000.00 ( in error of their last audit ) and is not capable of digesting the fact that i am NOT entitled to this money !
    Countless of frustrating calls and messages to the actual auditor have gone un addressed by them .

  5. “The theft of liberty is being attempted in the US too, but at least a critical mass of ordinary Americans have the balls to fight against it.”

    Steve, I am curious about who you think is “stealing” liberty, and who you think is the “critical mass…[having] the balls to fight it.”

    Just wondering.

    • Steve Maxwell

      Hi Gail,
      Thanks for your comment and question.

      The tendency for government to spread beyond its legitimate bounds is why liberty is on the decline. Government has no natural limits to its growth, except when people say enough is enough.

      Americans seem much more sensitive to a loss of liberty than we do, and much more likely to speak up about it. It was Thomas Jefferson who said that “the tree of liberty is watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Jefferson was commenting here on the tendency for government to become more tyrannical as time goes on, and in need of being put back in its place periodically.

      Here in Canada, for instance, it’s political suicide for any backbench MP to vote to represent his/her constituents when it goes against party lines. This is just one of many situations in Canada that makes me wonder where democracy has gone.

      Entrepreneurs like the building professionals who read Canadian Contractor are amongst the first to feel the tyranny of an unaccountable bureaucracy gone wild, and it’s a sad thing to see.

      Does this make sense?

      Bye for now,


  6. Steve Payne

    We’ll send a cool tool prize to the first person to identify what event Mark Tilley is referencing in his post.

  7. My guess would be Pierre Elliot Trudeau. (Mark & Steve)

    • Robert Koci

      You got it.

  8. Steve Payne

    Fraser. can you email me your address and we will ship you a power tool. Brand to be disclosed by email so as not to have either you or the firm in question suddenly audited by friends of Pierre!

  9. your embarrassingly ignorant statements around politics make me question the soundness of your advice when it comes to building, and building a sustainable future :(

    • Robert Koci

      Hold up for a second, Dan. How so are the statements here ignorant? Suggesting we are communist dictatorship may be a bit rich, but you should consider it shorthand for the kind of frustration small business feels at the overwhelming, costly oversight it must endure. And I don’t think any one can argue that we are living a cultural mindset that encourages more and more control and less and less individual liberty.
      Think about it. When was the last time you’ve seen any kind of effort on the part of our public service to reduce their control over any process, construction or otherwise? See it fro the independent business owners’ point of view and using the word “communist” is not that far off.

      • Robert, I agree 100%. As a tradesman and an employer I have to question, why is it always the private sector that has to pay ? Is the Firefighter or Police officer not certified as a professional ? Last I saw Ontario colleges were offering Firefighting and Police courses, the same as hairdressers !

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