2015: Re­pair­ing The Dam­age Caused By Stephen Harper

This year, Tom Mul­cair’s NDP will fin­ish the job that Jack Lay­ton set out to ac­com­plish

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“In 2015, Tom Mul­cair plans to fin­ish the work un­der­taken by Jack Lay­ton. The NDP has a clear vi­sion of how to build a sus­tain­able model to re­place this gov­ern­ment mired in scan­dal and in­com­pe­tence,” said NDP MP Jean Rousseau (Comp­ton-Stanstead) as he pre­pares to re­turn to Ot­tawa for the new Par­lia­men­tary ses­sion.

“Mid­dle class fam­i­lies are work­ing harder than ever, but they are barely able to keep their heads above wa­ter. Fam­ily in­comes are fall­ing, while house­hold debt con­tin­ues to creep up­ward. Young fam­i­lies are also hav­ing trou­ble find­ing af­ford­able day­care ser­vices. You know some­thing’s wrong when 5 mil­lion Cana­di­ans can’t ac­cess a fam­ily doc­tor and 7 out of 10 cit­i­zens have no pen­sion plan. This is un­ac­cept­able,” said Jean Rousseau.

Un­der Stephen Harper, our el­derly pop­u­la­tion is no longer able to re­tire un­til they turn 67. Day­care ser­vices are too costly and hard to find for mil­lions of Cana­dian fam­i­lies. We have no fed­eral min­i­mum wage, and the Con­ser­va­tives have left the en­vi­ron­ment out in the cold, as they put all their eggs in the oil ex­trac­tion bas­ket.

“The NDP will clear the smoke and bring the re­tire­ment age back down to 65,” said Jean Rousseau. “The NDP will im­ple­ment a $15/hour min­i­mum wage and fi­nance a Canada-wide day­care pro­gram that will cre­ate 1 mil­lion new spa­ces for $15/day. Que­bec could fi­nance its own child­care pro­gram with this fed­eral help if de­sired. Most im­por­tantly, the NDP will bring en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues back to fed­eral pol­i­tics.” The Econ­omy – se­ri­ous con­cerns The NDP feels that Stephen Harper has put the Cana­dian econ­omy in peril by fo­cus­ing solely on the oil in­dus­try. The re­cent drop in oil prices is cur­rently threat­en­ing our abil­ity to bal­ance the bud­get.

“The NDP will put an end to in­come split­ting – an in­ef­fec­tive pol­icy that only ben­e­fits the rich­est Cana­di­ans. We will pro­mote eco­nomic growth while re­spect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment and we will fo­cus on help­ing mid­dle class fam­i­lies,” said Rousseau.

The NDP also feels that Stephen Harper’s stub­born ap­proach has done se­ri­ous dam­age to our en­vi­ron­ment and econ­omy. “Tom Mul­cair is a man of prin­ci­ple who will de­fend the in­ter­ests of the mid­dle class. He is the only per­son with the ex­pe­ri­ence to re­place Stephen Harper, and you can trust the NDP to re­pair the dam­age caused by Harper’s Con­ser­va­tives. We will once again prove this to Cana­di­ans dur­ing this Par­lia­men­tary ses­sion,” added MP Jean Rousseau. CBC (Ra­dio-Canada) is another pri­or­ity for the NDP. On the re­gional scene, work­ing with MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sher­brooke), we will con­tinue to press Harper’s gov­ern­ment in or­der to let Sher­brooke Air­port take its full value, and eco­nomic po­ten­tial with the le­gal ac­cred­i­ta­tion.

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