By: Obert Madondo | The Canadian Progressive:
The right-wing’s regressive anti-union rhetoric and U.S.-styled attacks on the labour movement threatens Canada’s prosperity, says a report recently released by the progressive Canadian think tank Broadbent Institute.
The report expresses grave concern about the Conservative government’s current political agenda and “highly-organized right-wing campaign to import American-style anti-labour laws to Canada.”
“Once-extreme ideas have bubbled over to become mainstream policy debate,” says the report, titled “Union Communities, Healthy Communities: The Attach on Unions And Its Threat To Shared Prosperity in Canada“.
By: Andrew Jackson | Broadbent Institute
Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Loz Flowers
Admirers and detractors of Margaret Thatcher can agree that she will be remembered as one of the key political architects of our times. Along with her soulmate, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, she broke decisively with the post-war Keynesian welfare state and ushered in the still-enduring age of neo-liberalism.
Perhaps most notably, Lady Thatcher abandoned the goal of full employment in favour of price stability; explicitly worked to undermine the bargaining power of once-strong trade unions; and privatized or eliminated dozens of crown corporations and regulatory agencies.