Political Action

Stop Stephen Harper's "Secret Police" Bill

TO: OUR MPS AND PARTY LEADERS Prime Minister Harper is trying to pass a new “secret police” law that would give reckless and unnecessary powers to spy agencies with little oversight or accountability. Let's defend our democracy – tell party leaders and MPs to reject fear, stop this bill and start over with real oversight. We call on MPs to reject Stephen Harper’s fear campaign and stop the bill, unless

The Economy: Failing Grade!

Toronto, ON – Stephen Harper has talked a lot about his government’s strength in economic growth. But in recent years, approximately 80% of the new jobs that have been created are part-time. Manufacturing jobs have suffered from the high dollar. Income inequality is growing faster than any other industrialized nation. Under the Harper government we are seeing a mass exodus as more jobs are lost. This past month, January 2015,

Airline Unions Draw Incumbents and Candidates to PAC Meeting

Click here to see photos of the meeting. Toronto, ON – Members of IAM District Lodges 78 and 140 and CUPE Airline Division Political Action Committees held a meet and greet with NDP Incumbent MPs, MPPs and candidates for the upcoming federal election, last night at the IAM District Lodge 78 offices. “Our ultimate goal is to give Harper the boot in the upcoming election and put in place a

Horwath Survives Leadership Review

Labour Not Sold Yet   Andrea Horwath lives to fight another day as leader of the Ontario NDP. She promised delegates at a Toronto convention to do a better job by reaching out to unions and returning to the party’s socialist values. IAM delegates to the Ontario NDP convention in November. Front row, left to right: Plutarco (Chico) Pacheco, Retiree Political Action Committee; Christina De Oliveria, IAM LL 1295; Robert

Unfairness Revisited!

Toronto (30 Sept. 2014) — Stephen Harper and the Conservatives are back at it again. They are bringing back Bill C-377 after it got roundly criticised in the Senate and sent back to the House for changes last year.   Both Conservative and Liberal Senators sent back Bill C-377, An Act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), back to the government for major amendments, yet Harper

Only ONE position on strategic voting,” says IAM’s Dave Ritchie

For immediate release! 25 September, 2014 The IAM in Canada have only ever had one position on strategic voting, says Canadian General Vice-president Dave Ritchie. “We are going into a federal election next year, and I want to make clear to all our members, prospective members, and the public at large, that strategic voting only means that Liberals and Tories benefit,” said Ritchie. Voting strategically means making a choice on

First Canadian PAC Symposium deemed a success

Canadian GVP Dave Ritchie addresses the first ever Canadian Political Action Committee Symposium at the William Winpisinger Education Centre. On any given day, when you put 90 Canadians in a room, the discussions will cover a variety of topics. First and foremost, the weather, second, how their favorite hockey team will fair this coming season, third, if they live in a major city, how bad the local traffic is and

Bill C-23: Harper’s Unfair Elections Act

The Harper Conservatives have an apparently insatiable appetite for bending (and sometimes breaking) Canada’s electoral laws in order to gain, and hold onto, power – so that they can serve the interests of their corporate masters.   The Courts ruled against the Conservatives in their dispute with the independent Chief Electoral Officer over their attempts to circumvent electoral funding rules. Conservative operatives used robocalls to misdirect voters on election day.

C-23 : le projet de loi sur la malhonnêteté électorale signé Stephen Harper

Les conservateurs du gouvernement Harper semblent avoir un appétit insatiable pour plier (et parfois enfreindre) les lois électorales du Canada dans l’optique d’acquérir – et de conserver – le pouvoir pour servir les intérêts des sociétés qui leur dictent quoi faire.   Les tribunaux ont condamné les conservateurs dans leur différend contre le directeur général [indépendant] des élections après avoir tenté de contourner les règles du financement électoral. Les conservateurs