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| September 23, 2013
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| September 16, 2013
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Why unions need to join the climate fight

Naomi Klein speaking at the Unifor convention. (Photo: Dave Coles)

This speech was delivered on September 1, 2013 at the founding convention of Unifor, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers and the Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union. 

I'm so very happy and honoured to be able to share this historic day with you.

The energy in this room -- and the hope the founding of this new union has inspired across the country -- is contagious.

It feels like this could be the beginning of the fight back we have all been waiting for, the one that will chase Harper from power and restore the power of working people in Canada.

So welcome to the world Unifor.

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| August 26, 2013
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| August 19, 2013
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The middle class: The battleground of all politicians

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In the U.S., the "M" word has been on the lips of politicians from the left to the right of the political spectrum, albeit for different reasons. President Obama is not an exception. Indeed, he made the mention of the middle-class part of his electoral rhetoric immediately after the 2008 financial crisis and after hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their houses, their American dream.

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| August 5, 2013
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| July 31, 2013
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How Harper set the developed world on a course to austerity

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In June 2010, the transformation of the city's downtown core into a pseudo war zone seemed like the worst aspect of the Harper government's handling of the G20 summit in Toronto.

But perhaps just as insidious was Stephen Harper's personal role at that summit in pushing the developed world to abandon stimulus spending and veer sharply toward austerity.

That embrace of austerity has led to deep government spending cuts, with devastating consequences, particularly in some southern European nations. Canadians have suffered, too.

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Saving ourselves from capitalism in a time of corporate power

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Chrystia Freedland, the prominent Reuters editor just recruited by the Liberals to contest the nomination in the Toronto Centre riding vacated by Bob Rae, remarks how capitalism deserves credit as "the best prosperity-creating system humanity has come up with so far." True enough, it has done better than feudalism, slavery, hunting, fishing and food gathering. The issue is whether it is time to move past profit seeking as the answer, and on to a better economic system, or whether capitalism just needs to evolve.

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