"Paul knows that public services are important to building a good quality of life for Canadian families and he understands the need to ensure greater tax fairness in this country. His support for our campaign strengthens our resolve to continue the fight." - James Clancy, NUPGE President.
|NUPGE National President James Clancy with Paul Dewar, NDP Leadership candidate signing the ATN campaign proclamation|
Ottawa (16 Dec. 2011) - Paul Dewar, candidate for the leadership of the New Democratic Party and Ottawa Centre Member of Parliament, signed the proclamation for quality public services and tax fairness, as part of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) All Together Now! campaign.
"I can't imagine a better campaign, coming at a better time than to focus on fighting for tax justice and preserving quality public services. Canadians are struggling yet some corporations and banks are hiding profits in tax havens offshore instead of paying their fair share here where the revenue is needed," said Dewar. "We need the federal government to take a lead on providing real tax justice for Canadians, not shying away. I am happy to lend my support to the good work NUPGE is doing on these issues."
In the campaign to replace the late Jack Layton as leader of the NDP, Dewar has pledged an NDP government would "crack down on off-shore tax evasion by restoring and increasing resources the government cut from the Canada Revenue Agency’s Compliance Division. Canada can also play a leadership role in international forums to create greater cooperation on tackling tax evasion. Canadian families work hard to pay their taxes and so should individuals and corporations that hide funds in tax havens."
In another part of Dewar's leadership platform, he also endorsed an international financial transaction tax (FTT), better known as the Robin Hood Tax. "The FTT will be small change for banks, but a major boost to the fight against inequality, poverty and climate change,” said Dewar. “It will also cut the excesses of financial speculation which was a central cause of the current economic and financial crisis.”
NUPGE National President James Clancy thanked Dewar for his support of the All Together Now! campaign.
"Paul knows that public services are important to building a good quality of life for Canadian families and he understands the need to ensure greater tax fairness in this country. His support for our campaign strengthens our resolve to continue the fight."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE