MASSE IN THE NEWS: NDP Leader Mulcair heard Windsor's struggles
September 12th, 2012 - 5:04pm
By Joel Boyce, Windsor This Week
Monday, September 10, 2012 10:10:20 EDT PM
Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair was in Windsor kicking off his tour in Southwestern Ontario on Monday, Sept. 10.
Along with Brian Masse Windsor West MP and Joe Comartin Windsor-Tecumseh MP, they travelled to Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Windsor Unemployment Help Centre to talk about jobs and the economy.
Mulcair said he knows full-well about the high unemployment rate in Windsor, economic struggles and the impact it has on the autoworkers in the city. According to Statistics Canada, Windsor’s jobless rate was 9.2 per cent in August while Canada’s average rate was 7.3 per cent.
“We've lost hundreds of thousands good paying manufacturing jobs across Canada,” Mulcair said. “More often than not, those are being replaced by part-time precarious work in the service sector. So we want to show the differences between the priorities of the NDP and the Conservative government.”
The NDP leader said Canada is losing the balanced economy that they've built up since the Second World War. According to Mulcair, that is all due to the Conservative mistake of “putting all their eggs in the resources' basket.”
“The Conservatives have destabilized the balanced economy and it's having a devastating effect in regions like this one,” he said. “We're talking to people on ground, they're worried about their pensions and their ability to get a good paying job.”
Mulcair believes the government should be acting on Windsor's unemployment rate rather then just washing their hands of it, as they've been doing all along. He said the Conservatives find tax dollars to give subsidies to the biggest polluters, to help the banks and the oil companies, but believe the marketplace will simply take care of the employment conflicts – leaving the “common man” struggling.
“Those are things that the government should not be doing, those companies don't need any help,” he said. “The manufacturing sector has been hard hit by the artificially high Canadian dollar, held artificially high by the choices of the Conservatives. Those are the companies that need the help right now.”
According to Mulcair, he cares to see people with good paying jobs, enough of a salary for a family to live on and a pension at the end. He states if hundreds of thousands of people retire without a pension to live on, the young generation will pick that up as a social debt – in addition to the ecological and economic debt – that Canada is putting into their backpacks.
Mulcair wants to take the money that is going to the “biggest polluters” in Canada and use it to help companies that are going to create jobs.
“That is the big difference between us and the Conservatives,” the NDP leader said.
Mulcair told the media at the Windsor Unemployment Help Centre that they have two years to prepare to rival the Conservative government. They want to be completely ready to “bring a fight the Conservatives have never seen before” in the fall of 2014.
“The game's changed in Ottawa,” he said. “For the first time Stephen Harper's Conservatives has a strong, determined and structured opposition. We're going to bring that fight for the next two years, but we're going to define what's wrong with the Conservative approach and bring a much more positive optimistic approach to government and to what we can achieve together across Canada.”
Mulcair will continue to talk to people about the economy as he travels throughout Southwestern Ontario. Though, leaving Windsor after talking to the food bank and the Chamber of Commerce helped give him a full picture of the situation, he said.
“We're going to continue to listen to people to help form our priorities and policies for the next election,” Mulcair said. “We know we can't continue with the policies of the Conservatives.”
Do you agree with Mulcair that the Conservatives have destabilized the balanced economy in Canada?
Monday, September 10, 2012 10:10:13 EDT PM