Inside this issue:
The federal Conservative government has been making much of its economic record in recent weeks. Its campaign slogan, front and center on its website and prominently waved at whistle stop photo ops is “protect our economy.” But what is the Conservative economic record? Based on a study of sixteen key economic indicators, Jim Stanford, an economist at UNIFOR, has pointed out that Harper’s record is actually the worst of any Prime Minister since the Second World War.
The energy strategy debate thus far in the federal election has focussed on the future of the oil sands and pipeline politics. The Federal Tories have trumpeted the economic benefits of oil sands development but the benefits are paltry compared to a comprehensive energy and water retrofit program focussed on low income Canadians.
First published by CBC online, October 8th, 2015
The Leap Manifesto: A Call for Canada Based on Caring for the Earth and One Another was launched by a group of prominent Canadians on September 15. So far, over 25,000 Canadians have added their names to the declaration. In the face of the ho-hum party platforms on offer, many see the manifesto as a way to give expression to their desire for bold climate action and social justice. Many mainstream media commentators, however, promptly set their hair on fire.
What’s that they say about the first casualty of war? You can obviously say the same for Canadian elections. Linda McQuaig, the prominent Toronto NDP candidate and long-time economics journalist, is the latest to be caught in this political vortex. She found herself in a heap of trouble last week for saying this on CBC TV: “A lot of the oilsands oil may have to stay in the ground if we're going to meet our climate change targets. We'll know that better once we properly put in place a climate change accountability system of some kind.”
Illustration by Alisha Davidson Remember what it was like back when your child was a newborn—how you used to gaze into his eyes and dream of the day when he’d be old enough to juggle multiple part-time, temporary jobs in the hope of someday, maybe, being able to afford his own place?
The September/October issue of the Monitor goes beyond party politics to look at the economic context and big issues framing this year’s federal election. In this issue, progressive voices assess the Conservative government record and the state of Canada's democracy on the eve of the vote, while CCPA staff offer their policy ideas for the parties and next government. Here’s a sample of what’s inside:
Babe Ruth didn’t hit a home run the first time he stepped onto a baseball field. Frederick Banting and Charles Best didn’t isolate insulin after an hour in the laboratory. Rosa Parks didn’t end segregation in the United States with one bus ride.
Voting queens: Brett Renee Meeches (left) takes a selfie with Amber Fontaine (middle) and Shanna Copenace during the Winnipeg municipal election.