Campaign News

Conservatives spend $525 million to create jobs outside Canada - 24 Apr 2015

The Conservative government is providing Volkswagen AG with $525 million in financing to expand factories in Mexico and the Southern United States. The money is being provided by Export Development Canada. No conditions are attached to the financing.

In exchange for giving Volkswagen $525 million to create jobs nowhere near Canada, what do Canadians get? Not a guarantee of work. Instead, all Canadian companies get is a “real chance to be considered” for contracts to supply parts.

LEGO explains how income taxes work to reduce or increase income inequality - 14 Apr 2015


The Brookings Institution, a U.S.-based think tank, has released a new video which pulls the curtain back on the workings of the income tax system in the country. What it clearly reveals is that the current system of taxes does nothing to reduce the problem of income inequality across America. 

Support for reducing income inequality comes from unlikely source - 08 Apr 2015

For decades, the gap between the wealthy and the middle- and low-income earners has been growing. The gap in assets between the richest 1% and the rest of us has become even worse since the economic collapse in 2008. Many studies have been done to consider why income inequality continues to grow, but now an unlikely organization has looked at the issue with a new focus.

IMF links growing inequality to decline in unions

Helping the wealthy at your expense - 26 Feb 2015

A recent study by Jonathan Rhys Kesselman, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Finance with the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University and who is a fellow at the Broadbent Institute, shows doubling the amount people can contribute to a tax free savings account is Robin Hood in reverse. Poor and middle-income Canadians will pay so the wealthy can get more.

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Privatization costs more - 20 Feb 2015

A recent Global News report revealed that privatizing food services in Saskatchewan correction facilities will increase costs.

Using data from provincial justice ministries and Statistics Canada, Global found that where food services in correctional facilities have been privatized those provinces are paying more. In Alberta, the cost is 59.4 per cent higher, while in B.C. the cost is 41.4 per cent higher.

Thank you for supporting the Fairness Express and fighting income inequalty - 05 Feb 2015

Dear Friends,

We wanted to send out our heart-felt thanks for taking the time to visit our team on the Fairness Express as it travelled across the country. Your engagement helped make our national tour one of the most rewarding and inspiring experiences in the history of the All Together Now! campaign.

REITs take huge profits out of P.E.I. - 20 Jan 2015

by Brad Binns, The Guardian, Charlottetown

Sixty-four per cent profit, zero per cent corporate tax for P.E.I.

P.E.I., meet Capreit, a $3 billion, publicly-traded, multi-national that within the last 15 months has become one of our biggest residential landlords. Did I mention they pay no income tax? Please keep this in mind when you are preparing your tax returns, to satisfy your own obligations.

First privatized hospital in Britain fails - 13 Jan 2015

The company operating the first privatized hospital in the British National Health Service (NHS) has announced it wants to back out of the contract.

Hospital contract not sustainable says Circle

According to the company operating the hospital, Circle,  the £1 billion contract is not sustainable.

In 2012, Circle was given a 10-year contract to operate Hinchingbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire, England.

Why we hate taxes, and why we shouldn't - 12 Jan 2015

By Alex Himelfarb, Among his many roles Himelfarb is a former Clerk of the Privy Council and secretary to Cabinet, and currently is the Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, at York University. He also sits on the Board of Directors for the Public Services Foundation of Canada. 

Note: A somewhat shorter version first appeared in Alberta Views January/February 2015 as Taxes: a Small Price to Pay for Civilization.

First privatized hospital in Britain fails - 09 Jan 2015

The company operating the first privatized hospital in the British National Health System (NHS) has announced it wants to back out the contract.

According to the company, Circle, operating the hospital the £1 billion contract is not sustainable.


In 2012, Circle were given a 10 year contract to operate Hinchingbrooke hospital in Cambridgeshire, England.