At a press conference on September 28, Trudeau announced that Chrystia Freeland would continue to serve as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, that he would name the rest of his cabinet in October, and that the House of Commons would resume sitting “before the end of fall.” Media reports indicate the direction the Liberals’ pay the rich schemes will take. What it means for working people is that they must step up their work to speak up in their own name and make the claims on society they deem fit to make.
The Liberals’ election promises are summed up by the media as follows: [More]
Democracy Watch and Integrity B.C. have filed a Federal Court case asking for a ruling on the legality of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s 2021 early election call. The case was filed on September 15 and asks for a ruling that would stop such calls going forward.
The Federal Court is being asked to interpret the fixed-date election provision in the Canada Elections Act in a manner that would not allow a prime minister to call an election without a non-confidence motion having been adopted by the House of Commons. In the absence of a non-confidence motion, the applicants suggest, the Governor General would have to respect the desired Federal Court ruling and decline a request for an early election as illegal. [More]
Concerns of Canadians Expressed During the Election
One of the issues raised in the election is the urgent need to protect retirees. The Canadian Federation of Retirees pointed out that more than 4.2 million Canadians depend on defined benefit pension plans. It points out: [More]
Earlier this year, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch authored a 100-page report documenting the human rights violations associated with immigration detention in Canada. The findings of this report include the following: [More]