Tune at 7PM Mountain Time (9PM EST) in to watch live -- right here -- on Friday, November 1 for a teach-in to hear from a range of provincial and national speakers about a different vision from the one being shared at this week-end's Conservative convention: one that focuses on progressive policies for people and the planet.
A teach-in presented by Common Causes, from 7pm - 10 PM Mountain Time, Friday, Nov 1, featuring:
David Suzuki (Scientist and environmentalist)
Maude Barlow (National Chairperson, the Council of Canadians)
Crystal Lameman (Beaver Lake Cree Nation)
Jean Lortie (Secretary-general, Confédération des syndicats nationaux)
Andrew Nikiforuk (Author and journalist)
Jim Stanford (Economist, UNIFOR)
Brigette DePape ("Rogue Page", writer and activist)
Paul Moist (National President, Canadian Union of Public Employees)
Michael Harris (writer, journalist, and documentary filmmaker)
Chief Theresa Spence (Attawapiskat First Nation)
Moderated by Bill Phipps (Author and social and environmental activist)
From October 31 to November 2, the Conservative Party of Canada will descend on Calgary for the party’s first national policy convention since 2011. In the wake of the court decision that found widespread voter suppression during the 2011 federal election, the deepening Senate scandal, the widespread impacts of the omnibus budget bills, along with ongoing environmental devastation from policies based on extraction and export, this convention will set the Conservative agenda heading into the next election.
At the convention, Conservatives will debate policy resolutions that would:
• “move to a less progressive tax system
• “support the sale of public assets”
• restructure the CBC with the aim of the “elimination of all public funding of the corporation”
• “integrate our foreign policy with policies on trade and national defence”
• support “right to work legislation” while limiting how unions can spend members’ dues
• gut public sector benefits and pension plans
• unilaterally change how land on First Nations’ reserves is governed
• push for even more public-private “partnerships”
Watch live for more on these policies and the progressive alternatives!
This event is brought to you by Common Causes, an assembly of social movements dedicated to defending democracy, the environment, and human rights.
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