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Federal election 2004

Reason of the day... not to vote Liberal - or Conservative

The big business parties aren’t committed to rebuilding strong communities

[Jun 25, 2004 11:14 AM] When you look at how the parties stack up, it’s clear neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives deserve your vote. The New Democrats are the only pan-Canadian party with a clear commitment to public services and rebuilding strong communities.

For too long, women’s issues have been neglected

[Jun 24, 2004 10:19 AM] Women’s issues have received scant attention in this campaign. Beyond health care and child care, 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. This neglect will continue unless we elect more women and more MPs committed to women’s equality.

The Liberals have neglected our cities, the Conservatives would pillage them

[Jun 23, 2004 12:27 PM] On top of public infrastructure like transit, water systems, roads and schools, municipalities are bearing more and more responsibility for meeting the social needs of communities - rising levels of homelessness and family poverty, meeting the needs of new Canadians and sustaining healthy and peaceful communities. They need the tools to do the job.

It’s not just public funding, it’s public delivery of health care that’s needed

[Jun 22, 2004 10:58 AM] Unless there are clear guarantees against P3 hospitals and the private delivery of health care, waiting times will remain too high and increased funding will just go to the big business backers of the Liberals and Conservatives. P3 hospitals inflate costs and reduce service – and we don’t want them.

We need fair trade where the public interest trumps corporate profits

[Jun 21, 2004 11:36 AM] The investor rights enshrined in Chapter 11 threaten the public interest, yet the Liberals are pursuing even more corporate trade deals, ignoring the problems with NAFTA. Stephen Harper’s Conservatives wouldn’t change a thing – except to make free trade rules like Chapter 11 even more powerful.

A national public home care program is long overdue

[Jun 20, 2004 02:20 PM] Canadians urgently need a national public home care program to ensure the ill, the elderly and the disabled receive the care they need, relieving pressure on hospitals and family caregivers - mainly women. We’ve heard the promises but action is long overdue - and if the system is to be efficient, effective and affordable, it needs to be publicly delivered.

Canadian artists and cultural institutions need greater support

[Jun 19, 2004 12:14 PM] Under the Liberals, funding for the CBC, arts and culture has been cut back dramatically. The Conservatives promise more of the same - or worse - opening up our airwaves to more US content, standing by as media ownership is further concentrated, and slashing funding to public broadcasting and arts granting institutions.

A lack of leadership - and vision - could leave us all in the dark

[Jun 18, 2004 11:48 AM] Both the Liberals and the Conservatives want to leave electricity to a deregulated market where the interests of US investors and customers will trump Canadian concerns. Only the New Democrats support public electricity, meaningful energy conservation and less reliance on the US.

Water quality is a national concern, yet the Liberals have done little - and the Conservatives would do less

[Jun 17, 2004 10:38 AM] While water is largely under provincial jurisdiction, the federal government has a central role to play in ensuring public access to safe, clean and affordable water by setting minimum national standards and providing funding to improve water infrastructure. As well, the federal government must show leadership by placing a national ban on bulk water exports.

We don’t want any part of Star Wars

[Jun 16, 2004 11:44 AM] Paul Martin’s Liberals are pushing to join George W. Bush’s plan for missile defence, or Star Wars. Despite Martin’s denials, Canadian officials have been cooperating in the development of the program and have already committed millions of dollars. Given the opposition to this new weapons scheme, it’s not surprising that neither the Liberals nor the Conservatives even mention missile defence in their election platform.

The Conservatives aren’t being honest about their plans

[Jun 15, 2004 11:19 AM] To fund his military buildup and reduce taxes for some, Stephen Harper will need to make major cuts to social programs and public services. But so far, he’s been silent on where these cuts will be made. For a clue, just look to BC, Quebec or Ontario during the Harris years.

Poorer provinces aren’t getting the support they need, and under Harper’s plan they’ll get even less

[Jun 14, 2004 12:50 PM] Harper’s proposed changes to the equalization formula will benefit the richest province but leave provinces like Nova Scotia receiving even less. As a result, the quality of services will suffer and we’ll see even more inequity across the country.

Canadians want a made-in-Canada defence policy that promotes peace

[Jun 13, 2004 10:50 AM] Stephen Harper wants to boost military spending by $7 billion over five years, increase Canada’s offensive capabilities, and bring our policies more into line with the United States. Paul Martin’s Liberals have the same agenda – they’re just quieter about it.

You can “choose your Canada”, but if you’re an immigrant, it will cost you

[Jun 12, 2004 10:00 AM] The $975 head tax on immigrants discourages families in many developing countries from reuniting with family members in Canada – unless you’re wealthy. Flat taxes like this move Canada toward a two-tier immigration system that puts ability to pay over reuniting families.

Liberal platform makes no reference to pay equity, Conservatives don't even mention women

[Jun 11, 2004 09:11 AM]

Women continue to earn on average only 71 cents for every dollar earned by men. Visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Aboriginal people experience similar wage discrimination. For the Liberals and Conservatives, that doesn't seem to be a problem.

Because the future of our planet is at risk

[Jun 10, 2004 12:46 PM] Martin has always been cool to Kyoto, dodging a clear position on the accord. Meanwhile, Stephen Harper’s Conservatives want Canada to join the United States in defying science and reason and reject Kyoto, calling the accord “irrelevant”.

Passenger safety on Canadian carriers is being compromised

[Jun 9, 2004 02:35 PM] Transport Canada is only weeks away from downgrading airline passenger safety by cutting the number of flight attendants required on large aircraft. These plans have been made out of the public eye, in concert with the airlines, and undermine passenger safety and security.

Canada has reneged on its commitment to the world’s poorest people

[Jun 8, 2004 08:37 AM] Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have ducked our commitment to raise foreign aid to the world’s poorest. While the 1993 Liberal Red Book promised to increase aid to 0.7 per cent of GDP, Paul Martin as finance minister slashed international cooperation. And unlike Harper’s detailed proposal for military spending, the Conservative platform makes no commitment to international development.

The gap between rich and poor has grown and free markets won’t solve that problem

[Jun 7, 2004 10:51 AM] For the past twenty years, Liberal and Conservative governments have been pushing the idea that free markets can solve our social and economic problems. In fact, the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. If Stephen Harper’s Conservatives come to power, the gap between rich and poor will grow even wider.

Needs of young Canadians are being ignored

[Jun 6, 2004 11:38 AM]

Scarce jobs. Soaring tuition fees. Sky-high rents. It’s hardly surprising that many young Canadians are questioning the relevance of the election to their lives. Only the New Democrats are talking about real solutions to the everyday issues that young people face.

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