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economic justice

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Update posted 8 hours ago

Petition to Alberta Government

Stop Exporting Our Jobs Through Workshare (Outsourcing)

Workshare is the exporting our high skilled jobs in the oil and gas sector to “High Value Cost Centers” overseas. In the midst of a vexing downturn, the highly capable and trained workforce is being walloped further by large Engineering firms’ decision to workshare to reduce cost and be more competitive. I understand a corporation's executive team only feel responsibility to themselves and will always act on that basis. But we have regulations governing everything from childcare, to smoking, to bike riding. If regulation is what is required to ensure executives keep Canadian jobs in Canada, then so be it. If there is another solution, I am all for it.  I think of Ralph Klein and the way he would explain the Alberta Advantage. He argued for competitive royalties that would attract investment and projects and in turn would create jobs here in Alberta. This made a lot of sense to many at the time. However these ideals are no longer applicable in our current environment.  Companies operating in Alberta and specifically the big 5 Engineering Firms who employ thousands of high skilled and educated Albertans are increasingly moving work to be completed overseas. These companies are driven by competition, demanding clients, and a sacred view of capitalism. The bottom line seems to be the one and only consideration. The more of that bottom line they get the better, regardless of what that means for anyone else. They are great advocates for themselves, but who advocates for us.  Increasingly we are hearing of “workshare” as the new norm, and guaranteed 75% engineering overseas. Entire multibillion dollar Alberta projects that would have normally been designed procured and constructed in Alberta now being awarded to a South Korean firm (Suncor Fort Hills). This is great news for South Korea but what does it mean for us. We are the middle class, we pay the lion’s share of taxes and create countless spin off jobs that stimulate the economy. We are educated here, we have taken student loans and have paid them back, we have mortgages and are raising families here, we are fully invested in the Canadian dream. What happens when the vast majority of us are gone?  Are we more expensive, and less competitive than some developing nations? Yes we are. But then again, what about the Alberta Advantage? Was the Alberta Advantage considered when we were determining how competitive we are? Oil companies get a deal here to create jobs here. If this is simply an out of date understanding, then perhaps it should be mandated. Culturally we will never be as competitive as the third world because we don’t live in the same dire circumstances. We live in one of the greatest countries on Earth, Canada, where we can enjoy our lives and still engage in meaningful work. We can have better a work/life balance because we are Canadian. Culturally and not just on paper, we believe in equality, equity, and have the highest regards for human rights. These are our values regardless of what the holy grail of capitalism says our values should be.  If companies can get a deal on royalties because we want to be competitive and then those same companies turn around and get the cheapest engineering overseas because they can, then that seems like having your cake and eating it too. Ultimately, it’s not fair to Alberta or its people.  In the beginning it was the foreign worker program. We somehow decided that we should import skilled foreign workers rather than train our own university graduates. In 2004 so many engineering students could not find meaningful engineering work. Yet in 2006 most of the engineering offices were filled with foreign engineering “specialists”. Because of Canada’s strong immigration traditions of inclusivity we accepted this and it seemed to work. I see those foreign workers as Albertans now they are part of our community, but every now and again I think of Alberta engineering graduates and where they end up. I also wonder what the future will hold for our community’s children. By sending our work overseas we are losing valuable skills and training that is pivotal to our workforce and future.  I do believe in market forces, adaptability and reinvention. However we do need checks and balances to help us adapt to globalization and the new world realities. There are those who believe the world is not fair and emphatically state this at every opportunity. I assert we have a moral duty to make life as fair as we can. On this issue of exporting our jobs, I believe we can and must do better. Please consider my words in moving forward with your plans. I wish you and us the best of luck in our uncertain future. Respectfully, Anonymous Engineer  

Anonymous Engineer
4,449 supporters
Update posted 12 hours ago

Petition to Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau

Let’s use our publicly-owned Bank of Canada to its full potential as per the Act of 1938

One of the most important legal cases in Canadian history is slowly inching its way towards trial. Launched in 2011 by the Toronto-based Committee on Monetary and Economic Reform (COMER), the lawsuit would require the publicly-owned Bank of Canada (BoC) to return to its pre-1974 mandate and practice of lending interest-free money to federal, provincial, and municipal governments for infrastructure and healthcare spending. Here's what the BoC case is all about...it clearly explains in point 18 of the "Business and Powers of the Bank": The Bank may (j) make loans to the Government of Canada or the government of any province, but such loans outstanding at any one time shall not, in the case of the Government of Canada, exceed one-third of the estimated revenue of the Government of Canada for its fiscal year, and shall not, in the case of a provincial government, exceed one-fourth of that government’s estimated revenue for its fiscal year, and such loans shall be repaid before the end of the first quarter after the end of the fiscal year of the government that has contracted the loan; See "Business and Powers of the Bank" in link below http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/B-2/FullText.html Voici ce qu'est le dossier de la Banque du Canada; expliqué clairement au point 18 dans le lien plus bas. Voir section intitulée « Opérations de la banque » : La Banque peut  j) consentir des prêts au gouvernement du Canada ou d’une province, à condition que, d’une part, le montant non remboursé des prêts ne dépasse, à aucun moment, une certaine fraction des recettes estimatives du gouvernement en cause pour l’exercice en cours — un tiers dans le cas du Canada, un quart dans celui d’une province — et que, d’autre part, les prêts soient remboursés avant la fin du premier trimestre de l’exercice suivant; Voir « Opérations de la banque » dans le lien suivant : http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/fra/lois/B-2/TexteComplet.html When asked after the October procedural hearing why Canadians should care about the case, Galati quickly responded: “Because they’re paying $30 or $40 billion a year in useless interest. Since ‘74, more than a trillion to fraudsters, that’s why they should care.” (COMER says the figures are closer to $60 billion per year, and $2 trillion since 1974.) The end result has turned our citizens into debt-slaves, this has lead us all into neo-liberal policies and the all too familiar term “austerity”, read on to understand the end-game unless we wake-up soon! Neo-liberal policies and its austerity measures can only work if a nation is indebted to private interests. The issuance of interest-free loans by the publicaly-owned BoC as was the case in Canada from 1938 & 1974 solved this problem, no debt to private interests therefore no need for these public crushing policies. Neo-liberalism is a tool for private interests to grab state owned assets (on the cheap) which results into further impoverishment of the citizens of that country..., it is a scam in slow motion, pure and simple. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UuMntvVwwWM In essence, the “money-gods” of this world want monopolies and that is the end result of capitalism. IF YOU HAVE EVER PLAYED THE GAME “MONOPOLY”, THEN YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE WINNER. It is a form of feudalism when pushed to the end. They use governments to create barriers to entry where they see competition and push for freedom once monopolies are achieved. The fact that we are imposed “austerity” and in turn theft of our collective sovereignty should outrage us all, our governments no longer answer to us the people of this country. For more details on neo-liberalism, please see the following link http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=376 http://comer.org/ For those interested, here’s the official petition launched by Elizabeth May of the Green Party of Canada that is (in my opinion) being deliberately muddied by our government. https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-337 Information about this case is available in the following link. Search for court number T-2010-11. http://cas-cdc-www02.cas-satj.gc.ca/IndexingQueries/infp_queries_e.php?stype=court&select_court=T  

Jean-Pierre Richer
2,460 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Bill Morneau, Canada Consultation

Devastating Tax Legislation

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has tabled legislation that will dramatically alter the tax regime for families, privately owned companies, professionals and even farmers. The potential adverse consequences of this legislation are only now coming to light as it was released during the summer vacation period. Individual entrepreneurs and professionals will be taxed up to 73% on investment income paid to them from their companies. Companies will be penalized for preserving capital even if required to do so by their bank. Families will be taxed at the highest rate of the chief bread-winner and tax inspectors will have the discretion to decide what is fair compensation for a stay at home spouse. Assets left to the next generation will be potentially taxed up to 93% thus ruining family businesses. This is the biggest tax grab and it is the most draconian tax legislation ever proposed in Canadian history. Without the potential for profit business owners will not take the risk of investing their money. We will lose our entrepreneurs and the jobs they create. Bill Morneau intends to introduce the legislation by October 2, 2017. All Canadians will be adversely affected if this onerous tax bill passes. By signing this petition you are indicating your opposition to this tax legislation. An email to Bill Morneau (bill.morneau@parl.gc.ca) and Justin Trudeau (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca) will also help.  

Taxation 2017
115,658 supporters