Opinion Editorials

Prime Minister Harper will not attend the UN Climate Summit, and it’s a good thing

Ottawa – Donald Lafleur World leaders were invited by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to New York to attend a Climate Summit on September 23rd. The one-day event will serve to launch international climate negotiations. The Heads of State wil… Read More

Yes, Minister, it's time to put Canadians first

This week, Employment Minister Jason Kenney is coming to Toronto to host what's being billed as a “skills summit”― a grand meeting of some of the country's better minds to talk about fixing the disconnect between employers who can't find the skilled w… Read More

Yes, Mr. Hudak, unions do benefit Ontario

As published in the Toronto Star insert on labour unions, March 20, 2014 Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak harasses the men and women who belong to unions at every opportunity. He promised that, if elected, he would bring in U.S.-style legislation de… Read More

Conservatives' Bill C-525 Is Undemocratic and Unfair

Once again the Conservative government is making ordinary working Canadians the target of unbalanced and unfair legislation. New legislation, Bill C-525 clearly favours large corporations by trampling on the rights of Canadian employees to fair pay and trea… Read More

Why Slashing Corporate Tax Rates Was Detrimental to Ordinary Canadians

As published on huffingtonpost.ca A Canadian Labour Congress research report shows that, due to lavish tax breaks, the largest of Canada's non-financial corporations had paid their entire share of taxes to all levels of government in 2012 by the end of Jan… Read More

Older and poorer

As published in the Globe and Mail, December 11, 2013 Re Canadians, Not Governments, Should Make Pension Decisions (Dec. 10): Many more than “a very small proportion of Canadians” will see a large drop in their post-retirement living standards. The bes… Read More

The Tories Attack on the Middle Class Should Worry You

The Conservative government is engaged in a campaign to distract their supporters from a series of Senate scandals and cover ups. The Conservative fundraising machine believes that if it feeds its base a constant diet of someone to dislike, the donation che… Read More

Want to Help the Middle Class? Focus on Pensions

As published on huffingtonpost.com, October 30, 2013 An old Chinese proverb says that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago and the second best time is now. That describes the opportunity that we have missed by not acting before now to expand the C… Read More

Fraser Institute is wrong about public sector pensions

Letter published in Vancouver Sun, October 5, 2013 Mark Milke of the Fraser Institute claims we can't afford to provide decent pensions to people who work in the public sector. It always amuses me when the Fraser Institute lectures everyone else about tig… Read More

Advocate for low-wage economy rebutted

As published on vancouversun.com Thu Sep 5 2013 Section: OnLine Re: The union disadvantage ( (www.vancouversun.com») ), Sept. 4 Terence Corcoran appears to be all for a low-wage Canadian economy. He suggests workers are better off employed at $8 an h… Read More