Anti-poverty activists and poor people welcomed the NDP’s move to raise social assistance and disability rates but these increases still tail the skyrocketing costs of rent, food and other necessities.
Evidence shows Canadians who rely on prescription drugs don’t have the money to cover costs, and instead are splitting pills, skipping dosages to stretch prescriptions, sharing medicines or going deep into debt.
Parties should take the first opportunity to defeat Clark, reverse tax cuts for the rich and corporations, take action for a sustainable environment and green jobs, and tackle housing and poverty crises.
The level of organized opposition to the sell-off of Hydro One provides a rarely-found concrete basis for mass mobilization that can halt and reverse the privatization process, putting all of the electricity industry under public ownership.
The NDP refuses to directly challenge the austerity policies of the Liberals, or even to roll back Campbell's tax cuts. If anything, the NDP is yet again reaching out to big business.
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