Throne speech shows Tories are lack­ing: NDP

Seaway News - - EDITORIAL & OPINIONS -

Dear ed­i­tor: The Harper Gov­ern­ment’s Throne Speech on Oct. 16 was a lack­lus­tre doc­u­ment which failed to ad­dress the real is­sues fac­ing ev­ery­day Cana­di­ans in th­ese un­cer­tain eco­nomic times. The Throne Speech was short on de­tails and new ideas and long on rhetoric and po­lit­i­cal mes­sag­ing. It lacked a com­pre­hen­sive jobs strat­egy to stim­u­late the slug­gish econ­omy, to cre­ate jobs, and to as­sist the 1.3 mil­lion Cana­di­ans who are look­ing for work. It did not deal with the Se­nate ex­pense scan­dal nor did it even men­tion gov­ern­ment ac­count­abil­ity.

With the grow­ing in­come in­equal­ity in Canada, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment should take steps to en­sure that the large, prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions pay their fair share of taxes. This would help pay for pub­lic ser­vices and pro­grams that will pro­vide jobs, pros­per­ity , sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment and im­prove pub­lic health­care, em­ploy­ment insurance, pen­sions, and ac­cess to post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion.

The Harper Gov­ern­ment, with its con­tin­ued em­pha­sis on cut­ting es­sen­tial pub­lic ser­vices and pro­vid­ing cor­po­rate tax give­aways to the large, prof­itable cor­po­ra­tions, con­tin­ues to move the coun­try in the wrong di­rec­tion. Cana­di­ans de­serve bet­ter.

Brian Lynch, Pres­i­dent, Stor­mont-Dundas-South Glen­garry Fed­eral NDP rid­ing as­so­ci­a­tion.

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