With the Conservatives' budget to be tabled within weeks, this edition of ALERT! features analysis of the Harper agenda as reflected in three different policy areas: health care, pensions, and energy (tar sands.)
(7:21-12:37) AROUND THE LEFT - Events and activities of interest across Canada.
(12:37-21:56) PAT ARMSTRONG - Noted health-care analyst Pat Armstrong reflects on what lies behind Harper's new health-care policy. It's not just a matter of numbers.
(22:36-29:15) ANDREW JACKSON - Pensions expert Andrew Jackson shows why Harper's pension policy is fiscally unnecessary and devastating, especially for low-income seniors.
(29:15-40:00) MARTIN LUKACS - Investigative journalist Martin Lukacs talks about Harper's tar sands agenda and his efforts to sell it in Canada, the USA and Europe. He comments on the counter campaigns led by indigenous resistance movements in alliance with environmentalists, other activists and municipalities.
(40:00-54:25) MUSIC IS THE WEAPON - Mitch Podoluk plays the music of Billy Bragg.
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