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We can do better on issues that matter to us all.

By almost every measure, Canada is among the best countries in the world.  We're prosperous, caring, safe, and secure because we've always believed that we can do better. It's that kind of attitude that spurred us to build successful industries that offer good jobs, quality public services, universal health care, Old Age Security, the Canada Pension Plan, and armed forces known for bravery and professionalism.

There's no doubt we face economic challenges.  It's time again for us to think about ensuring that every Canadian is doing better. Some politicians will try to play on your fears, and tell you that the only way to feel safe and secure is to settle for less.

But just remember, Canada didn't become Canada by settling for less. Our parents and grandparents understood that prosperity and security flow from investing in ourselves and living according to our principles of co-operation and fair play.

And so no matter what issue matters most to you, this federal election comes down to a simple choice:

Do you want a government that thinks we should settle for less, or do you want a government that knows we can do better?

 

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We didn’t have to be suffering this recession.

When it comes to our economy & good jobs,  the election boils down to a simple choice:

We didn’t have to be suffering this recession.

We can do better.

It’s now official: the hands-off approach has driven our economy straight into a recession. That’s what you get when your government abandons manufacturing and put all of Canada’s economic eggs into one basket—oil. No wonder we’re the only G7 country with a shrinking economy.

Even when oil was booming, it wasn’t enough to support the entire country: we now have 400,000 fewer permanent, full-time jobs than when the current government took power. Not since the 1930s has Canada seen such weak growth.

The truth is that good economic management is about much more than spending restraint. It’s about vision and innovation and the courage to invest in all Canadians.

So this federal election, ask yourself: what’s stopping us from building new industries that are sustainable and provide good full-time jobs?

Face the facts on the economy

When it comes to our economy & good jobs,  the election boils down to a simple choice:

Face the facts on the economy.

We can do better.

We’ve lost 400,000 permanent full-time jobs over the past decade, posted seven straight deficits, and Statistics Canada says we’re now in a recession. Claims by Conservative politicians that they can manage the economy don’t match the facts.

Although the recession and job losses are big problems, they’re not insurmountable. But the crucial first step is admitting that the problems exist, something our current government refuses to do.

We can’t overcome the challenges we face by simply insisting they’re not there. That’s not management, that’s marketing.

So this federal election, ask yourself, do you want a government that is just going to tell you “everything’s fine, don’t worry.” Or do you want a government that’s actually willing to get down to the hard but rewarding work that needs to be done?

Canadian women still make 30% less than Canadian men.

The financial discrimination that women face in Canada is worse than it is in most of the world’s richest nations. According to Statistics Canada, our gender pay gap is the among the largest of the 34 countries in the OECD (Organistion for Economic Cooperation and Development).

And it’s not getting any better. The current federal government has made it illegal for many women to file human rights complaints because they’re paid less than men.

So during this federal election, ask yourself, what’s stopping us from achieving gender equality more quickly? Ask yourself how you’re going to vote in this federal election.

Cutting quality public services is like cutting fairness itself.

Quality Public Services ensure every Canadian has a fair shot at productivity and prosperity. But decades of cuts and privatizations are jeopardizing our schools, infrastructure, social services, and health care. In other words, the cuts are jeopardizing fairness itself.

So during this federal election, ask yourself, are we really saving money when we cut and privatize our public services? Are we really helping ourselves when we turn our backs on sensible ideas like Pharmacare or a national public child care program?

So during this federal election, ask yourself if you think we can do better, or we have to keep on settling for less. Ask yourself how you’re going to vote.

Wealthy Canadians pay just half the tax they did in the 1980s

Taxes are an investment in the things that make Canada great: our schools, our hospitals, our roads, and our people.

But over the past generation we’ve been relentlessly cutting the taxes that our wealthiest citizens and our corporations have to pay. Thirty years ago, those in the top income bracket paid 70% tax; now they pay 40%. Thirty years ago, corporations paid 50% tax; now they pay less than 20%. 

These tax cuts have cost our governments billions of dollars, and what do we have to show for it? Certainly not the shared prosperity we were promised: the rich just keep getting richer.

So during this federal election, ask yourself: what’s stopping us from having tax fairness? Ask yourself if you think we can do better, or if we just have to keep on settling for less. Ask yourself how you’re going to vote:

Supreme Court: “Unions promote dignity, equality.”

The Supreme Court of Canada says belonging to and participating in a union is a fundamental human right. And like all human rights, labour rights make the world a fairer and more prosperous place.

For example, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) says that income inequality stunts economic growth. And the International Monetary Fund (IMF) says unions reduce income inequality. 

So during this federal election, ask yourself why it’s so difficult for Canadians to join a union. Or why, when strikes are occasionally called, our governments are so quick to legislate Canadians back to work. Ask yourself if you think we can do better, or if we just have to keep on settling for less.

CIBC: Canadian jobs haven’t been this bad for 25 years.

For decades, the established political parties have told us that if we leave our economy in the hands of “the global market,” we’ll all prosper. And while corporations are certainly prospering, most Canadians are struggling.

We’re working longer hours for less money. We’re forced to string together contracts and temporary jobs. There are now more than a million of us stuck working part-time.

In the past, we’ve built industries that meant good jobs for Canadians. The auto industry. The high-tech industry. The banking industry. “The market” didn’t give us these industries.

We built them.

So during this federal election, ask yourself, what’s stopping us from building new industries that are sustainable and provide good full-time jobs? Ask yourself if you think we can do better, or if we just have to keep on settling for less.