CERB is Causing an Entitlement Crisis

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on September 3, 2020

Many Canadians were expecting to receive Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) payments on September 1. However, the cheques are currently a day late, so some have taken to Twitter to complain about the holdup and then complain at those pointing out their entitlement. 

The issue with any entitlement program like CERB is eventually people become entitled to the payments they receive. 

This doesn’t mean emergency assistance programs like CERB are uncalled for in situations like the economic shutdown during the height of the COVID-19, but the programs need to be managed much more carefully.

That being said, the lockdown of the economy should not have been so broad and long lasting all across the country, so creating an entitlement culture is in part the government’s fault. 

People in Canada already rely on the government enough for everyday services, and especially younger people view a certain care free standard of living as being a responsibility the government should be delivering to them, and this culture has become more apparent in the wake of the CERB program.

Now many are demanding that CERB continue indefinitely by turning it into a universal basic income program (UBI) so that they never have to be without the government giving them an allowance. 

Not only do these naive young people not understand that they aren’t owed anything, but they also do not seem to understand that wealth cannot simply be created out of thin air – the productivity of the Canadian dollar is what gives their CERB and UBI payments value. 

Younger people today believe they need these sorts of allowances and feel entitled to them because over time they have been conditioned to think they should have to work less, while imagining a high standard of living for themselves that is dramatically out of sync with their actual productivity

Canada has younger generations who also increasingly feel that a five day work week is far too inhibiting to their lifestyles, and at the same time believe Starbucks coffee is the minimum for acceptable quality, and think a vacation to an overseas destination should be a yearly occurrence. No wonder some of these people were flat broke as soon as the COVID-19 lockdown started.

The Canadian government needs to help create a better culture around work and finances, and teach best practices in schools if the country is to get out from underneath the progressing dependency culture.

There is no such thing as a free lunch and Canadian youth desperately need that lesson taught to them.

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

4 responses to “CERB is Causing an Entitlement Crisis”

  1. Robert says:

    $17.70 minimum wage in Australia, means you also get PAID 4 weeks leave, PLUS 8 days paid sick leave. PLUS 9% on top going towards your retirement. Low-income earners are also entitled to social security benefits and discounts/concessions FOR LIFE unless their earnings become too high. Low-income earners can also get student loans from the government to go to trade school, community college or university and study for free AND don’t have to pay back a cent unless their income goes over $54,000 (AUD) https://youtu.be/uZ81oGEmE4I

  2. Carol says:

    And, Robert, you think this is good for the economy, overall? Be interesting to see some stats about how many take up the offer for free trades and other educational pursuits free, from the government and then go to work? Seeing those percentages would be very interesting. Here in Canada, we need a universal pharmaceutical program for medications along the same lines as our universal medical plans. Speaking of which, I’d much rather see money go into our medical system to bring it up to a better standard where getting in to see a Dr. or have a family Dr. because so many of us are on wait lists for a family physician. That, to me, is a lot more important than a bunch of people who don’t want to get off their asses and get to work or to school and learn a trade or a profession. Sick and tired of this as taxes go higher and higher and higher to cover the cash flow problem we have with no end in sight.

  3. B says:

    Can you describe the age group you are referring to as “younger”? You said the word “young canadians/people” and “youth” multiple times, but the vast majority of people who took to Twitter about the issue, as you referred too, aren’t necessarily young. What 15 year old do you know who has made $5,000 in a year and is actually eligible for CERB? It sounds more like a personal opinion on this topic, maybe this would have been better left unsaid. Not very professional. Bleh, annoyed I wasted the last 5 minutes on this…..