Supplementing the issue flyers, CUPE will produce a limited number of two-page fact sheets on key topics. These fact sheets will be ideal for members looking to put candidates on the spot, rebut hostile editorials or give people a bit more background before they speak at a community meeting.
Topics include: Martinís record, UI, health care, community infrastructure and child care. As well, some fact sheets will serve as myth busters; for example, showing why for-profit health care wonít shorten waiting times for treatment and why a parallel system undercuts public health care rather than relieving pressure on the system.
In addition, CUPEís site will link you to other background and analysis prepared by the Canadian Labour Congress, community allies and the New Democrats.
[May 25, 2004 10:26 AM] The number of poor children is increasing despite the federal Liberal governmentís pledge to eliminate child poverty. Today, 786,000 children in Canada live in poverty.
[May 25, 2004 10:26 AM] Under Paul Martinís direction, an unprecedented string of budget surpluses continues alongside crumbling infrastructure for water, roads, electricity, and public transportation. Paul Martinís budgets have created an enormous deficit in the construction and repair of infrastructure needed to support communities across the country.
[May 25, 2004 10:26 AM] The actions of successive Liberal governments have put public health services at risk. By failing to pay their fair share of health care costs and opening the door to privatization, the Liberals are making Canadians wait for care while creating opportunities for their business backers to pocket huge profits.
[May 25, 2004 10:25 AM] Paul Martin tries to take credit for a strong Canadian economy. He says his years as finance minister were the years we finally got the ďeconomic fundamentalsĒ right. But what does this mean for working people? It means the rich got richer and unemployment stayed high.
[May 25, 2004 10:09 AM] Paul Martinís privatization agenda has eliminated many well-paying jobs held by women. Many of these jobs have been turned into temporary, poverty wage and non-union positions.Women now work more but earn less so that private corporations can make money off of essential public services.
[May 25, 2004 11:02 AM] Paul Martin is a child of Canadaís corporate elite. As finance minister in the 1990s, Paul Martin imposed massive cuts to provincial transfer payments. Thanks to Paul Martin, right-wing provincial governments have used underfunding as an excuse to turn to the private sector to finance badly needed investments in our crumbling infrastructure.