After a record filibuster, Stephen Harper’s Tories manged to ram through the law ending the work stoppage at Canada Post. Even though it was the corporation that created the crisis by shutting the doors all across the country it is management that wins big. The legislation imposes everything they wanted – and more.
What does this have to do with tax fairness? As pointed out in our Tax Facts section most people have seen no real increases in thirty years – or even fallen behind as the economy continued to grow. Lower wages and benefits for new employees extends this wealth shift to new generations of working families.
Reductions in employment income or tax shifts like the HST all have the same purpose. The same as reduced public services forced by tax cuts. It is about increasing inequality and re-creating an almost feudal division between a tiny wealthy elite and the rest of us. It is an economic war against working and middle class families.
In the Lord of the Rings’ Twin Towers Aragorn points out to the hesitant King Theoden that “Open war is upon you, whether you would risk it or not.” Like the peaceful people of Rohan we did not seek or welcome this battle – will we fight back or be consumed?