Thursday, May 26, 2011

Unions,....Time to Move Forward

There seems to be a shift in Canada towards the left. There may be an opportunity for trade unions to pick-up the dropped ball and advance forward and convince society of it's need for union involvement and it's continued relevance.

Partly why trade unionism is on a slow decline is because of the lack of organising effort on the part of the unions. The largest union in Canada is the Canadian Union of Public Employees. In the Metro- Vancouver area there is not one representative within C.U.P.E. dedicated to organising new certifications. Unions have become too complacent with the status-quo. They need to move forward and conquer new ground. Unions have lost their aggressiveness in society.

To go along with this new drive there needs to be a re-education of society with regards to the role of unions within our society. Unions are responsible for much social justice but they also provide a stay in society, holding back the erosion of wages or stopping economic injustice.

People in Canada love their social programs but many have no idea that these programs are a result of union efforts to change the conditions within society. Many have drank the Kool-aid of the right which say that unions are not necessary because Corporations have changed their ways and are much more compassionate. The naive need to realize that corporations only answer to the bottom line (i.e. -money) and only the bottom line matters. They will do whatever it takes to benefit themselves.  Search for unions in crisis the future of organized labor in America

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Obama's Immigration - - - - Policy!

 President Obama is calling on legislators to reform the U.S. Immigration laws. There are many views on how to accomplish this. What should really be done to reform immigration?  The Republican's answer is to increase border security so Latinos cannot cross the border illegally. Once again they want to ignore the complexities of the issues and appeal to the ignorant.  As my teenage son would say, "Way to go Captain Obvious."

Immigration reforms need to address the following issues:
  • There needs to be a process for how some illegal immigrants, that are living within the U.S., can become legal, carefully and gradually. 
  • There needs to be an orderly process with how farm workers can get temporary visas to work legally in the U.S. at jobs Americans don't want and then return back to their home country. 
  • The legal immigration of Latin Americans to the U.S. needs to be simpler with less red tape.  
  • Border security is also important in two ways. To ensure an orderly process occurs for those wanting to enter the country legally with no one jumping the cue. To also stop drugs, terrorists and gangs from entering the country.
  • Internal security must be vigilante in ensuring farm laborers and others must be legal and companies who facilitate illegal immigration must receive severe penalties including permanent shut-downs of their enterprise.  
  • The reforms need to apply differently to the southern border then to the northern border. There are different issues with Mexico than there are with Canada who is the number one trading partner with the U.S. The U.S. could be hurt economically if they are not careful here. To spend the same amount patrolling the northern border would also be a waste of needed resources and hinder commercial trade. People in Canada are not flocking to the U.S. for jobs. They have plenty of well paying jobs in their own country.
The country needs to increase it's population by increasing immigration. All of the studies have shown that in North America, throughout it's history whenever there has been a massive  influx of immigrants into the country there have been economic booms. The ignorant continue to assume that new immigrants take away jobs. The facts show this to be a mere creation by those who are prejudice.

The golden bobble that dangles before Democrats and Republicans is the support of 50 million Latins who can exercise their vote positively for the party that deals with them fairly and honestly.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Layton's New Democrat M.P.'s ...Young, Working Class and Idealistic.

I'm excited to see what's going to happen in the next session of the House of Common's. The N.D.P. has been criticized for their newly elected candidates in Quebec because of their youth, inexperience and lack of ability to speak French (some). Quebecers seem fine with their candidates. The voters in Berthier-Maskinongé  were fine with Ruth Ellen Brosseau who can barely speak a few words in french. Knowing this the voters voted her in anyways. Why shouldn't a "commoner" represent the voters in the House of Commons (or Commoners). I think it's great that the voters were fine with having students and others represent them.

Not all the newly M.P.'s in Quebec are inexperienced and young.  Hélène Laverdière is a former Foreign Affairs officer who served in several countries. She will make an excellent critic of this portfollio. 
Alexandre Boulerice of Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie is a former communications advisor for C.U.P.E.

Maybe this parliament will be filled with less jaded politicians. A breath of political fresh air could be blowing through this country. We have hopes that the N.D.P. can keep the Conservatives at bay until the next election, after which they will meet their defeat at the hands of the Newbies.