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Federal election 2004

Daily flash

A massive silver lining: Canadians reject right-wing agenda

[Jun 29, 2004 10:15 AM] More than 69 per cent of Canadians voted yesterday for centre-left or centre-right parties, shunning Stephen Harper’s divisive right-wing agenda. Paul Martin continued the long Liberal tradition of campaigning from the left – promising child care, public health care, more funding for badly needed municipal infrastructure, and more. Now, it will be important to hold the Liberals to those promises.

CUPE calls on members to vote for public services

[Jun 25, 2004 11:18 AM] CUPE’s National Officers are encouraging CUPE members to go to the polls on Monday and vote for candidates that will make a difference in a minority Parliament by working hard to defend workers’ rights and strengthen public services.

Paul Martin’s defence of Canada Health Act lacks credibility

[Jun 24, 2004 10:25 AM] If Paul Martin is as keen as he claims to enforce the Canada Health Act, why has CUPE had to take him to court to force compliance with the Act’s reporting requirements?

Understanding 'notwithstanding'

[Jun 23, 2004 12:31 PM] Canadians are justifiably proud of their constitution and its Charter of Rights and Freedoms - but are they safe from Stephen Harper’s agenda?

Klein dis-invites himself from health care summit

[Jun 22, 2004 11:01 AM] Was Alberta Premier Ralph Klein talking about himself when he said he was willing to open up the First Ministers’ meeting on health care as long as it was not for the “express purpose of inviting every radical in the country?” He is the right wing radical that wants to trash public health care.

National Aboriginal Day activities reflect important differences among parties

[Jun 21, 2004 11:39 AM] The activities of the party leaders on National Aboriginal Day are indicative of their party’s attitudes: Martin posing for photographers, recycling promises his government should have acted upon over the past ten years; Harper in hiding, wanting to avoid scrutiny on this and many other issues; Layton putting forward a progressive alternative to tackle some of the key issues confronting Aboriginal communities.

“God help Canada if the Conservatives get in” – climate change scientist

[Jun 20, 2004 02:27 PM] Ten senior federal scientists, frustrated by a decade of Liberal cuts, have taken the extraordinary step of co-authoring a report that pleads for restoration of “vital” government research on climate change. The scientists say the situation could get even worse if Stephen Harper becomes the next prime minister.

Bay Street skeptical of Harper’s economic plan

[Jun 19, 2004 12:18 PM] Stephen Harper’s economic platform took a beating this week. The conservative think tank CD Howe Institute, broker Merrill Lynch, financial markets watcher Global Insight and even Scotiabank have all issued statements saying deep cuts to services would be needed to balance his budget.

Harper’s child tax deduction will benefit the rich

[Jun 18, 2004 11:51 AM] The Conservative pledge to introduce a $2,000-per-child tax deduction won’t create a single child care space - nor will it do much for families paying $750 a month for infant and toddler care.

Women - and women’s issues - still being ignored

[Jun 17, 2004 10:48 AM] Some equality issues have become central to this campaign because of the Neanderthal views of the Conservative Party. But there has been little or no debate on pay equity, funding for women’s equality groups, violence against women, Aboriginal women, immigrant women, women’s poverty, and social housing.

The best strategic vote is to vote NDP

[Jun 16, 2004 11:46 AM] There are more than just two bad choices – there is a positive alternative in the NDP. Whichever of the two leading parties – Liberal or Conservative – form government, our best hope is for a strong, progressive voice in Parliament fighting for public services, human rights and peace.

Harper’s cuts would lead to social, labour unrest

[Jun 15, 2004 11:23 AM] Citing recent province-wide strikes by public sector workers in Newfoundland and health care workers in BC, CUPE National President Paul Moist warned that the types of cuts implied in the Conservative platform will lead to similar confrontations across the country.

Canadian women speak out on Harper

[Jun 14, 2004 01:03 PM] A group of prominent Canadian women has issued a letter warning against a Stephen Harper government. The letter describes Harper’s ideological affinity with US president George W. Bush, and urges Canadians to “demand the truth” about Canada’s new “Republican” party.

Martin pitches platform to women executives

[Jun 13, 2004 11:58 AM] Paul Martin chose the Women’s Executive Network to hear his pitch for women’s votes. The Network is a business run by a company that lobbies for private, for-profit health care. Is that what he thinks women want?

Conservative platform will put government in deficit – report

[Jun 12, 2004 10:04 AM] What would the Conservatives cut? That's the question Canadians are asking themselves after an independent analysis shows the Conservative platform, if implemented as planned, would mean massive cutbacks in social programs and spending.

Liberals court women's vote, but don't deserve it

[Jun 11, 2004 09:14 AM]

Women are less likely to vote for the right-wing policies of social spending cuts and tax breaks for the rich pushed by the Conservatives and practiced by the Liberals.

Withdrawal from Kyoto would damage Canada, climate

[Jun 10, 2004 12:49 PM] Britain’s environment minister said earlier this week that withdrawing from the Kyoto Accord would damage Canada’s international reputation and could even destroy the accord

Even the Liberals are voting NDP

[Jun 9, 2004 02:27 PM]

The executive of the Liberal riding association of Brampton-Springdale have voted overwhelmingly to support their local New Democratic candidate after Paul Martin parachuted a candidate of his own choosing into the riding.

Private, for-profit health care costs more, delivers less – study

[Jun 8, 2004 08:39 AM] New research shows Canadian governments would pay an extra $7.2 billion in annual health care costs if Canada switched to private for-profit hospitals. It’s clear that increased funding will not lead to better care or shorter waiting lists unless there are specific measures to prohibit for-profit delivery.

Conservatives again spout extremist views

[Jun 7, 2004 10:53 AM] Another Conservative candidate has spoken her mind, calling for Canada’s hate crimes legislation to be amended to remove protection for lesbians, gays and others.

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