We can't tackle the problem of growing income inequality if we are systematically tieing the hands of students, forcing them into a life of debt and poverty. What kind of national strategy is that?" — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"We know that the provincial economy has been doing well, yet the wealth is still shared by a minority. You see the richest 1% in Alberta making 18 times more than the bottom 90%. This is categorically unfair." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
There are creative ideas and policies that can make the international financial system more secure AND pay for public services AND fight climate change-abroad and at home! The Robin Hood Tax is a proposal for a tiny tax (as low as 0.05%) on trades in stocks, bonds,currencies, "derivatives" and other financial products. It would NOT affect ordinary consumers. It also could generate billions internationally to fight global poverty, and fund global public goods, such as health care, and to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The final report of the East Coast portion of the Fairness Express campaign, Income Inequality in Atlantic Canada details some of the many consequences of rising income inequality as discovered by NUPGE activists as they visited more than 30 communities in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island. Across the region, the activists people concerned about rising income inequality but unsure how it can be reduced, giving the activists a chance to engage in more than 3,000 one-to-one conversations about the ATN analysis.