- Would the leader of your party be a Prime Minister for peace?
- Canada has been endlessly at war since 2003: Afghanistan, Libya, Ukraine, Iraq ‒ Canada has been or is there making war.
- Today Canada is directly involved in two international wars ‒ Iraq and Ukraine ‒ and indirectly in at least one other ‒ Palestine-Israel.
- Canada has refused to sign the Arms Trade Treaty, a treaty aimed at restricting the global arms trade. The US has signed the treaty, as have 127 other countries.
- Canada has jumped from the 15th to the 12th largest military exporter in the world.
‘War always marks the failure of peace; it is a defeat for humanity.’—Pope Francis
- Will your party eliminate the funding gap between First Nations schools and other schools?
- First Nations elementary and high schools are funded by the federal government, while public schools receive their funding from the provinces.
- Currently First Nations schools receive 33% – 50% less funding than public schools.
- One consequence of this built-in inequality is schools that are in poor condition and present health concerns, including overcrowding, extreme mould, high carbon dioxide levels, sewage fumes, frozen pipes, and unheated portables.
“Most Canadians would not send their children to school on reserves.”—former Prime Minister Paul Martin
- Will your party establish a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women?
- 1,181 Indigenous girls and women were murdered or went missing in Canada between 1980 and 2012.
- Indigenous women make up only 4.3% of the Canadian population, yet they account for 16% of female homicides and 11.3% of missing women.
- In Saskatchewan, Indigenous women make up only 6% of the population, yet account for 55% of female homicides.
“Indigenous women are going missing and being murdered at a much higher rate than other women in Canada ‒ a rate so high it constitutes nothing less than a national human rights crisis.”—Amnesty International
- Does your party support the idea of a Guaranteed Basic Income?
- 128,000 Saskatchewan residents live below the low income or poverty line. That’s 12% of the province’s population.
- In Regina, 26,000 people, 9% of the city’s population, live below the poverty line.
- 9,000 Regina children, 1 in 5, are in poverty.
- Minimum wage jobs mean poverty. Since 2007, Regina food and rent costs rose by 45%, while the minimum wage increased by only 28%.
A Guaranteed Basic Income of $21,000 per year for each adult would ensure that no child or family is in poverty.
“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”—Mahatma Gandhi
- What will your party do to address gender inequality in Canada?
- Women are more likely than men to be poor in Canada. 13% of Canadian women live in poverty.
- Canadian women who work full time, year round, earn only 71 cents for every dollar earned by men.
- 66% of minimum wage workers in Canada are women.
- Canada ranks last among wealthy nations in public spending on early childhood education.
- Women constitute 50.4% of Canada’s population, but hold only 25.2% of the seats in the House of Commons.
- Canada’s national anthem excludes girls and women: “in all thy sons”
“If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”—Chimamanda Adichie
6. Are you committed to a high quality, national system of early learning and childcare?
- Canada has regulated childcare spaces for only 22.5% of children five and under.
- Canada ranks last among wealthy nations in terms of access to early learning and childcare spaces.
- Canada also ranks last in spending on early childhood development programs.
- For every dollar invested in early childhood education, the state can realize up to $3 in return.
“Early childhood care and education are crucial for the development of individuals, the reduction of inequalities, the prevention of developmental disorders, and subsequent academic performance.” –UNESCO
ANOTHER ELECTION RESOURCE
The United Church of Canada has developed a useful federal election kit. It provides much valuable information and covers a wide-range of topics: http://www.united-church.ca/files/getinvolved/takeaction/2015-election-kit.pdf