Analysis from Canadians for Tax Fairness shows why Canadians aren’t getting the tax fairness measures they were promised and how tax fairness measures get watered down
Federal Election 2021
"While this report looks back, we are focused on the future. There will be challenges ahead but we'll face them. As we recover from the last 2 years, we remain hopeful. It's time to reimagine our world. And we will do that—together." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
The response from the NDP claims a strong commitment to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and a desire to use it as a guiding principle for their policies.
Gender Equality Week overlaps with Election Day. Voters will go to the polls to elect the next federal government — a government that will be responsible for getting us through the COVID-19 pandemic recovery and beyond. NUPGE encourages its members and the public to consider the political parties’ commitments to gender equality when casting their ballots.
Whether we have a fair recovery will depend on whether the federal government we elect on September 20 is willing to learn from the mistakes of the last 30 years. Will the government assume handouts for corporations will be enough, or will it seek to lift everyone up with improved public services, stronger labour rights, and by tackling barriers that have held back women, racialized Canadians, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities?
The federal government must maintain its historic role in helping fund services delivered by provinces and territories like health care, education, social assistance and social services. It must also ensure national standards are met. That includes upholding the Canada Health Act requirements that no federal money goes to for-profit health of any kind.
"This polling shows that Canadians understand that our LTC system needs to change. Before the vaccines, Canada was the worst country at protecting our seniors in LTC. 80% of pandemic-related deaths were in LTC. Invest and make it public, these are 2 key steps toward better protecting our seniors and the workers who care for them." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Ottawa (16 Sept. 2021) — The federal election has been called and voter's will be going to the polls on Sept. 20.
"While we may not have wanted this election now, we are here. And we need to take it seriously. There are huge stakes in electing a new government," said Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
“Canadians are ready for bold action — and they expect the same from their government. This poll shows that whoever forms the next government must answer the call to action and make sure that affected workers and communities are properly supported through the transition.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
This is a summary of the party promises addressing the overdose crisis during the federal election 2021.
Only focusing on recovery and treatment is not enough. We need harm-reduction strategies like safe-consumption sites and a safe (non-poisonous) supply. The best way to stop the toxic drug supply is to give people pharmaceutical-grade alternatives, or give drug-checking technologies so that users can test, use, and share safely. We must also consider decriminalization.
Where parties stand on tax fairness is the real test of whether they really want to help low- and middle-income Canadians and reduce income inequality. Years of tax cuts that went largely to the wealthy and large corporations have failed to deliver the economic growth we were promised. Instead, those tax cuts led to income inequality and the underfunding of our public services. We will not have a fair recovery unless the federal government is willing to ensure that the wealthy and large corporations are paying their share.
Over the last 19 months, we have witnessed a pandemic within a pandemic. Physical and social isolation, economic stress, and the uncertainty of dealing with an unprecedented global health crisis have created a perfect storm for increasing domestic violence. The lockdowns imposed by governments to help restrict the rate of infections have made it harder for domestic violence survivors to seek help.
"The need for a universal child care system has long been clear, and the pandemic made it more urgent than ever. We’ve seen growing public and political support during the pandemic. And today’s polling results show that voters are going to take this to the ballot box.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Despite promises to honour Indigenous sovereignty, there are serious flaws with the how the federal government relates to Indigenous people. Infrastructure projects are still being run through traditional and unceded territories, like the Coastal GasLink pipeline. Aggressive raids are being conducted by the RCMP, like on the peaceful Wet’suwet’en land defenders. Inaction by the current Liberal government allowed Mi’kmaw fishers to be verbally and physically harassed when the Sipekne’katik First Nation launched its treaty fishery. Political decisions have always come at the expense of Indigenous communities.
Climate change is among the biggest challenges of our lifetime. We are seeing the worsening effects every day, including air and water pollution, more extreme weather events, displaced communities, food insecurity, and biodiversity loss. The science is clear: we need urgent action to minimize future impacts, to keep global warming to 1.5 °C, and to help our communities adapt to the effects. But there is reason for hope: it’s not too late to act. And there is an opportunity to build a fairer, more just world in the process.
Much of the racism in Canada is systematic. It impacts BIPOC in all stages of life, from the quality of education they receive, to whether they can afford to go to post-secondary school, to the types of jobs they’re hired to do, and to where they can afford to live. We must ensure, that going forward, the government looks at all programs and policies with an equity lens to ensure that anti-racism efforts are always kept as a priority issue.
“Throughout the election campaign you have been asked directly if you will cancel the child care agreements, and your response has been evasive. Given that child care is a key issue for so many Canadians, they deserve the respect of a definitive answer to this question.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
COVID-19 has greatly stressed Canada's health care system. This has exposed some structural failures in the system and highlighted areas where reform is needed.
No failure is as stark as Canada's failure to protect residents and workers in long-term care (LTC) facilities from COVID-19. During the most acute part of the pandemic, many promises were made. This election is a chance to outline the concrete steps the parties will need to take to ensure problems in LTC are not ignored after the pandemic.