Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all. Why has the left failed to come up with an alternative? A terrific article by George Monbiot of The Guardian. His latest book How Did We Get into This Mess? is available at the Winnipeg Public Library.
At our 2016 Convention in Edmonton the delegates voted to encourage riding associations to debate the merits of the Leap Manifesto over the next two years in preparation for the 2018 Policy Convention.
From a Globe and Mail article:
The manifesto’s proposals include:
- Shifting swiftly away from fossil fuels so that Canada gets 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable resources within 20 years and is entirely weaned off fossil fuels by 2050.
- No new infrastructure projects aimed at increasing extraction of non-renewable resources, including pipelines.
- “Energy democracy,” in which energy sources are collectively controlled by communities instead of “profit-gouging” private companies.
- An end to all trade deals “that interfere with our attempts to rebuild local economies, regulate corporations and stop damaging extractive projects.”
- Expand low-carbon sectors of the economy, such as caregiving, teaching, social work, the arts and public-interest media.
- Vigorous debate on the idea of introducing a universal guaranteed minimum income.
- Declaring that “austerity – which has systematically attacked low-carbon sectors like education and health care while starving public transit and forcing reckless energy privatizations – is a fossilized form of thinking that has become a threat to life on earth.”
- Paying for it all by ending fossil fuel subsidies, imposing financial transaction taxes, increasing resource royalties, hiking taxes on corporations and the wealthy, introducing a progressive carbon tax, and cutting military spending.
The Federal Convention will be held in Edmonton April 8-10, 2016. A few members from our riding will be going. If you are interested in going you will need an Convention Easycode. Email to get one.
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Do not know who wrote this but it did produce a smile.
As we try to figure out what the election results mean, here are a few insights:
Like many millennials, after trying to strike out into the big vast world on his own, Justin Trudeau has returned home to the place he was raised (24 Sussex Dr.),
On the flip side, Mr. Harper woke up to quite likely his worst nightmare. He woke up as a regular Calgary citizen with a Muslim as his Mayor, the NDP running his province, and the Liberals running his country….
These people can’t wait to vote for change on October 19th. Watch the video.
Records deleted, burned, tossed in Dumpsters. A Maclean’s investigation on the crisis in government data.
It is how to imagine how any one would vote for the Conservatives after reading this article.
Listen to the Harperman song.
Join the Raging Grannies for a cross Canada singalong September 17, 2015 noon, front steps of the Manitoba Provincial Legislature.
The Tyee’s full, updated list of 70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law.