Dans le contexte d’un nouveau gouvernement fédéral minoritaire, nous avons la possibilité, vous et moi, de participer au façonnement de politiques publiques. Le Conseil des Canadiens et ses 150 000 sympathisants et sympathisantes au pays se regroupent d’un bout à l’autre du pays pour défendre des enjeux qui sont importants pour vous.
With a new minority federal government, you and I have an opportunity to help shape public policy. The Council of Canadians and our 150,000 supporters across the country are coming together from coast-to-coast-to-coast to stand up for the issues that matter to you.
One of those issues is water, specifically the water in your community.
Although most municipalities own and operate our drinking water and sewage treatment plants, the infrastructure is deteriorating due to chronic underfunding. This is where the federal government could step in with low-cost public funding for municipalities. Unfortunately, the government continues to side with corporate interests and is pushing public-private partnerships (P3s) that put our water at risk.
On election day, the CBC published the news that Elections Canada received reports of misleading robocalls made to voters suggesting voting was taking place on Tuesday – the day after election day.
"There have been some reports of people receiving misleading robocalls in Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick," said Elections Canada spokesperson Nathalie de Montigny.
CBC News traced some of the calls to groups that are part of the Canada Strong and Proud network, a third-party group that opposes carbon taxes. New Brunswick Proud was also identified as a source of misleading phone calls.
The following is a transcript of climate and social justice campaigner Robin Tress's comments at the Law Amendments proceedings in Halifax, NS on October 28 2019. These comments are in response to Nova Scotia's tabled legislation that includes new greenhouse gas emissions targets.
Robin speaking at Law Amendments for Bill 213, the Sustainable Development Goals Act, which includes legislated greenhouse gas targets for the province, are underway today. This is a screenshot of the livestream posted on nslegislature.ca
Les entreprises privées convoitent votre eau et le gouvernement fédéral les accueille à bras ouverts. Mais nous pouvons, vous et moi, empêcher que ça se passe ainsi. Dans un contexte de gouvernement minoritaire, le Conseil des Canadiens peut utiliser sa position à titre de détenteur de la balance du pouvoir populaire pour défendre l’eau.
Vous savez probablement que le gouvernement fédéral, autant sous les libéraux que les conservateurs, fait résolument et activement la promotion depuis des décennies de la privatisation de notre eau ainsi que des infrastructures et des services d’assainissement des eaux usées. C’est ainsi que ces composantes essentielles pour bâtir des collectivités en santé et équitables sont en voie d’être vendues au plus cher offrant.
Private companies are coming for your water and the federal government is welcoming them with open arms. But you and I can stop this from happening. In this minority government, we can use our position as the people’s Balance of Power to stand up for water.
As you may know, the federal government, under both Liberal and Conservative leadership, has been aggressively promoting the privatization of our water and wastewater infrastructure and services for decades. These critical pieces to building healthy and equitable communities are being sold to the highest bidder.
Canadians were clear. We want the government to act quickly and decisively to protect our living world and bring about a just transition for our economy – we have no time to waste in making our voices heard.
If you haven’t yet made up your mind on who to vote for, our Voter’s Guide highlights where the parties stand on key issues. The Council of Canadians is non-partisan and does not endorse any parties or candidates.
Many Canadians like to start the day off with a milky brew at one of nearly 4,000 Tim Hortons coffee shops across Canada. Some of us have felt good about the fact that our beverage contained an emblem certifying “100% Canadian milk.” After all, the Brazilian-owned “Timmy’s” has long hoisted the Canadian flag as part of its brand-building efforts.