Labour Minister Lisa Raitt is tilting the playing field against unions

Monday, May 28th, 2012

May 27 2012
The labour minister seems think that if a negotiated agreement can’t be reached by a private company like CP Rail, then its management and unions should agree to binding arbitration. This is not free collective bargaining. This is settlement-imposition by government-selected arbitrators. If this is the dispute-resolution approach that the Harper government wants to use in the future then it should come clean. Stop circumventing our existing labour legislation. Bring this arbitration-based system to Parliament, and debate its implications in full view of all Canadians

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Is the Western world history?

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Dec 16, 2011
Recurring global economic crises are highlighting the inherent conflicts between the values of the market economy and those of democracy. We are failing to keep these largely contradictory influences in balance. The dictates of the marketplace are overshadowing the values inherent in our Western democracies… In a market economy the individual is often treated as a commodity, whose value depends on their unit cost, education, age, and even gender and race. But in a democratic society, the promotion of the individual is supposed to be paramount.

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