The TPP: Bad for Canada!

The Permanent War Economy and Deindustrialization

(Image: Detroit, Michigan, the former centre of America’s auto industry. Source) Politicians of all political stripes like to dress inflated military budgets, and the wicked arms deals that frequently accompany them, in terms of “job creation.” Former U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, arguing against any reduction in military funding, claimed that any decrease “would result in job cuts that would add potentially 1 (percentage point) to the national unemployment rate.”[1] Here in Canada, both Stephen Harper and his Liberal counterpart Justin Trudeau have justified the $15 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia,… Read More

Trudeau ‘Unsure’ About Raising the Minimum Wage

What does Prime Minister Justin Trudeau think about raising the minimum wage? During a series of interviews with ordinary Canadians aired on CBC Sunday night, Trudeau shared his reservations about provincial initiatives to raise the minimum wage, telling a struggling, low-wage worker he questions if that means “everything just gets more expensive or we have jobs leaving.” Neil Piercey was one ‘ordinary Canadian’ who got an opportunity to grill Trudeau. Piercey is a 58-year-old worker from London, Ontario who was laid off from a long-time, good paying manufacturing job, but now finds… Read More

The Austerity Agenda in Sheep’s Clothing

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

As we go into the New Year with Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government in place, it’s worth noting that the struggle against poverty in Toronto now unfolds with a complete set of federal, provincial and municipal regimes all seeking to position themselves politically as moderate if not progressive. This has particular implications and poses particular challenges in terms of effectively resisting austerity, poverty and social abandonment. There is, of course, an implication in the last sentence I just used. At none of the levels of government we face can we seriously imagine that… Read More

Canada loses 19,700 jobs in April, unemployment still at 6.8 per cent

From Canadian Labour Reporter OTTAWA (Reuters) — Canada’s economy shed 19,700 jobs in April as losses in part-time work offset gains in full-time positions, while the unemployment rate remained at 6.8 per cent, Statistics Canada said on Friday. Analysts had expected a net job loss of 5,000 positions. The data highlighted that Canada is still struggling to boost employment some six years after the end of the Great Recession. Part-time employment dropped by 66,500 jobs, the biggest fall since the loss of 77,500 posts in March 2011. Full-time employment rose by 46,900 jobs. The 12-month gain came… Read More

No to the Murderous Migration Policies of the EU

Joint Statement of the Communist Party of Greece, Communist Party of Italy, Communist Party of Malta, Communist Party of the Peoples of Spain At the initiative of the KKE, the Communist Parties of 4 European countries of the Mediterranean, which are receiving the largest waves of refugees and immigrants, denounce the political line of the EU and point to the causes of the problem, as well as the direction of the communists’ struggle on this issue. The joint statement is as follows: The KKE, CPI, PC Malta, PCPE wish to stress the… Read More

Federal Budget Rewards the Rich but Fails everyday Canadians

From the Canadian Union of Public Employees The Conservatives’ 2015 federal budget may balance the books, but it is highly unbalanced in its impact on Canadians.  It puts millions of seniors at risk of poverty, abandons families in need of affordable child care and quality public health care, and doesn’t help Canadians workers who need better jobs, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees. “The Conservatives have chosen irresponsible economic policies that slash revenues to benefit a few corporations and the wealthy,” says Paul Moist, national president of CUPE, Canada’s largest union. “This budget… Read More

Future Shop stores closing, some converting to Best Buys, 1,500 jobs lost

From Canadian Labour Reporter Future Shop stores across Canada are closing effective immediately, resulting in hundreds of full and part-time jobs being lost. Best Buy Canada, a subsidiary of Best Buy Co. Inc. that owns and operates both Best Buy and Future Shop stores, said in a statement Saturday that it will be closing 66 Future Shops for good, while 65 others will be converted into Best Buys. The move will result in the loss of 500 full-time and 1,000 part-times jobs. The affected employees will receive severance, employee assistance and outplacement… Read More

Gender Wage Gap in Alberta Increasing

From Canadian Labour Reporter  A new report from the Parkland Institute says the wage gap between men and women in Alberta is heading in the wrong direction. According to the report from the University of Alberta research group, full-time working women earn about 37 per cent less per year than men. When comparing the average total income in Alberta, women earn about 42 per cent less per year than men. In comparison, the gender wage gap for full-time earners sits at about 20 per cent in Saskatchewan, 25 per cent in Quebec… Read More

Canadian Job Quality Sinks to Record Low

From Canadian Labour Reporter  The quality of jobs in this country is fading fast, according to a new report from CIBC. Released on March 5, CIBC’s latest employment quality index noted job quality in Canada is now at a record low, showing declines in all measures. According to CIBC, its report indicates that the drop in job quality is “more structural than cyclical in nature and likely can’t be reversed by monetary policy.” This mirrors the latest warnings from the Bank of Canada cautioning that the headline unemployment rate is not as… Read More