Economic Justice.

Canada is facing a crisis of growing inequality.

Canada is facing a crisis of growing inequality. Whether it’s skyrocketing cost of housing in Vancouver, Toronto and other cities, unfair trade practices and globalization shutting down steel mills and saw mills in rural regions, or Indigenous communities left without basics like housing and water, people are suffering because the economy isn’t working for them.

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The nature of work is changing. Liberal and Conservative governments have not been keeping up.

Labour laws and government initiatives haven’t kept pace with the rise of apps and increasing reliance on short-term contract work. More and more businesses are shifting to relying on independent contractors versus hiring staff. All of this has made work more precarious, especially for people just starting their careers.

Successive government job creation plans and strategies have failed because they aimed to create 20th century jobs in the 21st century. We need jobs with a future.

I will meet the challenges of the 21st century economy  and create good, stable jobs across the country by:

  • Creating a national good jobs – stable jobs program that delivers full-time, good-paying jobs with a future. My jobs program has a goal of full employment, with a focus on sustainability and long-term prosperity, not short term projects.
  • Delivering a Canada First national investment strategy that will expand and protect our national pension plan. Restricting CPP’s pursuit of foreign investment will put our pension plan to work for Canada, growing our economy and creating economic opportunity across the country.
  • Ending corporate giveaways. I’d stop companies like Bombardier from taking taxpayer bailouts and funnelling them into executive bonuses, and I’d end the free ride for companies borrowing taxpayers money. We can put that money to work creating jobs and delivering services for people, not padding the pockets of the one-percent.
  • Bringing equality into the workplace by taking decisive action to end gendered, Indigenous, racialized, disabled and LGBTQ+ unemployment. It is time to strengthen labour and human rights laws and address systemic inequalities that leave many people without access to opportunity.

Offshoring, automation, and the rise of low-wage, unstable and precarious work has left too many Canadians struggling just to get by. In both cities and rural communities, inequality is on the rise.

Too often, wages are not keeping up with the rising costs for basics like housing and food, and too many people are working more than full time, stringing together part time jobs to just scrape by.

It’s time for leadership that delivers a fair income for all by:

  • Bringing in a living income policy that uses federal powers and leverages federal initiatives to ensure household income keeps up with the cost of living across the country.
  • Reforming our tax system to ensure that corporations and the wealthy pay their fair share, including a tax on millionaire and billionaire estate wealth transfers and a crackdown on tax cheats.

Canadian consumers deserve a break. Years of corporate concentration in key industries has left Canadians paying more and getting less for everything from internet and cell service to media.

Bad trade deals signed by Conservative and Liberal governments have driven jobs from our communities and hollowed out whole industries. Meanwhile, even more jobs are being put on the line by political bullying from the likes of Donald Trump.

I’d curb corporate power and give consumers a break by:

  • Rejecting unfair, job-killing trade deals and trade actions, and standing up against those who target Canadian jobs, like Donald Trump.
  • Introducing tougher restrictions against foreign takeovers and protecting consumer choice by taking action to stop corporate concentration.
  • Strengthening competition laws to protect Canadian consumers against price-gouging and shoddy service.

One of the best ways to curb corporate power is to invest in public and social ownership of key services. Social and public ownership increases accountability and transparency, while delivering services that people can count on.

I’d give power back to ordinary people by:

  • Creating a national post office bank to improve banking services in rural communities, reduce the number of unbanked Canadians, reduce the costs of banking for Canadians, and improve postal services.
  • Bringing down the cost of prescription drugs with bulk buying through a national pharmaceutical drug distribution agency. Too many people are cutting back on life-saving medication because they simply can’t afford it. With federal leadership we can lower prescription drug costs for everyone.
  • Taking action on green initiatives with a new environmental and energy agency that can help families and communities unlock their climate action potential, and help remote, rural and Indigenous communities improve their energy infrastructure.

At a time when most opportunities are locked behind training, certifications or degrees it is has never been more important to ensure that opportunity is accessible for everyone.

I’ll take action to ensure everyone has a chance to access jobs and opportunities by:

  • Offering tuition free post-secondary education so that no one is denied economic success because of an inability to pay rising tuition fees.
  • Helping Canadians already struggling with high student debt by eliminating interest on student loans and ensuring that students who have taken out Canada Student Loans will not be required to make any repayment until they are earning at least $50,000 a year – up from the current amount of $25,000.