Despite reassurances by government that all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians will share the burden of addressing the province’s $1.83 billion deficit, critics say the Liberals’ first round of austerity is disproportionately targeting the marginalized and least privileged first.
There are alternatives to austerity, say federation of labour president and an independent economist. They just have to be sought out.
Solidarity is our only weapon against austerity.
We elect government to work hard and make smart decisions. So far, we have yet to see evidence of either. Mandating across-the-board cuts is foolish, lazy and absurd.
Other places have experimented with austerity, so we don’t have to. Here’s how Newfoundland and Labrador can avoid known mistakes and put itself on a path to a brighter, more equitable, future.
Flying a flag should be a statement, not a policy.
“Considering the Anglican Church’s history of endorsing religious violence and its ongoing role in the suppression of gay rights, I believe it’s wrong for our secular governments to align themselves with this organization.”
Divest MUN says decision by university’s Board of Regents to strike an advisory committee to study the question of fossil fuel divestment is a “positive sign”.
The province’s poor fiscal standing presents us with a real opportunity to discuss and debate some important policy issues, such as fair taxation, a new health accord, a guaranteed national income, and more.
“The renewable energy revolution is occurring faster than anyone predicted.”
Nowadays middle class values largely conform to the neoliberal ideology that has dominated economic discourse for the past 35 years. In light of our current “fiscal” problems, however, maybe it’s time to evaluate whether this has been in our best interests.
The province needs to cut spending and raise taxes. But by how much?
MUN professor takes aim at consumer capitalism for its role in the ecological and climate crises, draws inspiration from Pope Francis in leading a local initiative to start “a new conversation” about ecology and sustainability.
Two words: Danny Williams.
Low oil prices and poor fiscal judgement have pushed Newfoundland and Labrador into a recession. With the looming threat of credit rating downgrades that could cripple the economy, Finance Minister Cathy Bennett doesn’t have much room — or time — to make some tough decisions.
James McLeod’s account of the past two years of provincial politics is both irreverent and thoughtful. And that’s precisely the problem with it.
“We need to gather in mass numbers and demand that justice be served.”
Yet our politicians tell us we all must pay.
“Our best hope for a better deal is to argue, in the court of Canadian public opinion if not in the court of law, that the contract is undemocratic.”
If corporate interests keep suing Canada and other countries under trade agreements like NAFTA, state sovereignty might soon be a thing of the past.