The next Canadian federal election is scheduled to be held on Monday October 19, 2015. Which is only 9 months. I say only because I really think as a voter, that is not that much time to get educated about each party out there who will or may be running in the elections.
I am going to give my attentions, to start, to the NDP. To look at their history, so I can see where they are coming from and who has brought them to the point they are today. If I am not mistaken, I believe my father was an NDP supporter. Dad was a very political man, so if he was voting for the NDP, there was a great reason why. I do recall sitting with him in his office and asking about why he was voting for a certain party and he always gave great educated answers. So I feel it is best to do what he did, research each party to get an informed decision.
There are a couple things in the list below that have intrigued me about the NDP party already, however the greatest being the, Aboriginal peoples’ treaty, land, and constitutional rights.
So with that in mind, I hope to find the aboriginal people’s fight for those things to be a great concern of the NDP, not just a line on a list and the party active with our aboriginal leaders over the years.
Improving environmental protection through government regulations
National water safety standards
Increasing corporate taxes.
Expanding funding for public transportation
Expanding public health care, including dental and prescription drug coverage
Social assistance policies that reflects citizens’ needs and assist their re-entry to the work force
Abolishing the unelected Senate of Canada and ensuring more proportional representation.
Workers’ rights including raising the minimum wage to pace the cost of living
Aboriginal peoples’ treaty, land, and constitutional rights
A foreign policy that emphasizes diplomacy, peacekeeping, and humanitarian aid instead of offensive military action
Lowering taxes for small businesses
Do you know who you are voting for?