Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Conservative Candidate Says: "Businesses First, Families and Pensioners Second"

Conservative candidate Chris Alexander is in trouble again. First he made the claim that there was no poverty in Canada, and now he is saying what we already knew, that with his party big business will always come before citizens.

The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has issued: A Challenge to Canada’s Wealthiest 0.1%
This election presents an opportunity for you wealthy Canadians, especially the very richest 0.1% among you—the 25,000 Canadians with an average annual income of $1.5 million—to do the right thing and put the broader public good ahead of your own interests. I know that this is asking a lot. Recent psychological research suggests that the wealthy as a group tend to be less generous and altruistic than the rest of us.

You’ve made spectacular income and wealth gains over the last three decades at the expense of the large majority of Canadians whose earnings have either remained stagnant or fallen after inflation. You have managed to more than double your share of the national income pie, something not seen since the 1920s. And by 2009, the worst year of the recession, the wealthiest 3.8% of families had captured a stunning two-thirds of all financial wealth in Canada.
This, Mr. Alexander is what happens when you put big business ahead of families and pensioners.

But he has bought into Harper's Voodoo Economics, with the idea that the more money we give to the rich, the better off we'll all be. We've tried that and it failed. Time to move on.

David Clay Johnson tells us the nine things that the rich don't want us to know. He completely debunks the nonsense of Harper's plan to give more money to the wealthy, while cutting benefits for everyone else.

I think Alexander would do better if he just stopped talking.

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