"When the government imposes wage freezes and austerity measures, who does that hurt the most? Women." — Deb Tungatt, OPSEU Region 2 Vice-President
"Income levels have a direct impact on the health of Canadians, and it's costing us dearly." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
“When the richest 1% own over half the world’s wealth, it should end any debate about whether income inequality is a problem." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
"This is the most important federal election we have faced in decades. The state of our economy, the financial well-being of Canadians and the future of our public services are all at stake. We need to elect a government that reflects our values and priorities." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Of the 34 OECD countries, Canada had the 7th-highest gender pay gap.
"It is unconscionable that corporate employers who are making massive profits refuse to provide fundamental working conditions to their employees." — James Clancy, NUPGE President
“The IMF makes it clear that inequality can hurt society by allowing the wealthy to manipulate the economic and political systems in their favour, and this is where government action is required." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President
Changes in Alberta's tax regime have actually increased taxes on lower-income Albertans, with the province's women hit hardest.
From 1980–2005, average household income in the poorest 10 per cent of neighbourhoods increased by only 2 per cent—compared to incomes in the richest 10 per cent of neighbourhoods that rose by 80 per cent.
"They say they are helping people who can't get help anywhere else. We need to ensure that people with poor credit, debt and low incomes have real alternatives to get assistance, rather than being handed a shovel to keep digging." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.