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November 17, 2014 |
Universal child care is the pre-condition for gender equality and a public good, much like public health care and education.
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What do you think of the Harper government's fiscal update?

It's that time again: federal fiscal update time.

The Harper government is announcing a surplus for the first time in seven years. Notably though, it was projected to be upwards of $7 billion, and will actually only be $2 billion. Other than that, not much else was announced.

So, what do you think of the Harper government's fiscal update?

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November 14, 2014 |
While Canada spends less than most industrialized nations on child care, parents in Canada are among the most likely to be employed.

Privatization: Stealing from the public since 1980

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In the 1980s governments began selling off public assets to private corporations, in a practice called privatization. It should have been called theft, since it amounted to stealing from the public.

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November 5, 2014 |
There are better ways to help Canadian families! The $2.4 billion, used wisely, could benefit a lot of people.
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Privatization: New ways of profiting at public expense

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In the 1980s governments began selling off public assets to private corporations. Government debt and deficits were the excuse. Citizen-owned wealth, held in trust by governments was transferred to profit-seeking companies. Public inheritance was turned into a one-time payment applied to the provincial or federal debt.

This practice was called privatization. It should have been called theft, since it amounted to stealing from the public what belonged to it.

The only way the practice of "selling the house to pay the mortgage" made any sense was if you were the one buying the house.

October 31, 2014 |
The Harper government persists on ineffective high-cost proposals such as income-splitting and the Universal Child Care Benefit. But, is this what we really need?
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What do you think about the NDP's national child care plan?

The NDP annouced their national child care plan this week, and everyone's talking about it!

How does it compare to Harper's plan? Who would it actually benefit? Will this work?

What do you think about the NDP's national child care plan?

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October 8, 2014 |
We know that public investment in infrastructure, education, health care, social services and jobs is a precondition to peace and stability everywhere in the world. We should invest in peace.
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