Thoughts of John Ralston Saul in his latest book, The Comeback:
“Stephen Harper is running Parliament in a manner that fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and Argentinian strongman Juan Perón would admire.”
“The prime minister’s use of gigantic omnibus bills makes a mockery of democracy. This was a direct negation of our democratic system,” in reference to two omnibus bills — C-38 and C-45 — which he says amended 133 laws."
File This One Under "Unbelieveable"
Number of Ontario households waiting on affordable housing
in 2010: 141,635
in 2014: 165,068
Deb Mathews, the Ontario Government Minister responsible for a Poverty Reduction Strategy, spent four years coming up with such a strategy. Every group she spoke with stressed the importance of increasing the social assistance rates, which had been severely cut back by Mike Harris back in the mid 90s. Yet her final report, released just recently, excluded that one request.
149,000 children in the city of Toronto live in poverty. That’s nearly the whole population of Saskatoon. (Toronto Star Aug 27/14)
Why are so many children living in poverty?
Because of the shamefully low minimum wage...being kept this low because those we elect represent the interests not of the 149,000 children but those of the very wealthy: corporations who now sit on hundreds of BILLIONS of dollars and doing nothing with it.
Labour Day is a time to remember that not much has changed with the power of workers’ voices in the last 100 years. Unless WE pressure our elected politicians to represent US, nothing will change.