Back before Xmas, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a report ranking workers’ compensation systems in Canada.
This is fairly typical business-friend lobby-group stuff: quantify some aspects of a social program, build assumptions into the measures that your special interest likes (e.g., low premiums are good) and then release the report like it has some meaning.
Basically the CFIB wants to reduce premium costs by denying compensation for the first three days of injury, reducing the amount of wages replaced and reducing the maximum wages that qualify for replacement.
Vue Weekly did a piece on the reaction in Alberta that is reasonably entertaining reading.
-- Bob Barnetson