- For those wondering where progressive leaders are going with their policy proposals, the last week offered a couple of noteworthy examples. At home, Tom Mulcair's Canadian Club speech commented on the importance of real roles for the government and the public in making economic decisions:
A thriving private sector will, thankfully, always be at the heart of our national economy, and the engine of our economic growth.- Meanwhile, Ed Miliband made the case for greater wage "predistribution" as an essential part of a fairer society:
But there’s also a commonsense role for government to play in building the fairer, more prosperous Canada that we all want.
There’s a commonsense role for government to play in creating the right environment of stability and predictability that business relies on to profit.
In ensuring sound economic policy that fosters productivity and competitiveness—without sacrificing long-term sustainability.
And investing in an economy better equipped to meet the demands of the 21st century: In knowledge, in research and development, in a more skilled workforce, in matching skills to jobs.
There is a pretty convincing argument for the role of government in science, education and innovation.
The best way to create wealth in a society is to increase knowledge.
Instead of redistributing wealth through the tax and benefit system, there should be more "predistribution", the Labour leader said in a speech.
That meant better vocational training in schools - but also a change in attitude from business.
He called for more "responsible" firms that focused on the long-term.
"Predistribution is about saying, 'We cannot allow ourselves to be stuck with permanently being a low-wage economy and hope that through taxes and benefits we can make up the shortfall.'
"It's not just, nor does it enable us to pay our way in the world.
"Our aim must be to transform our economy so it is a much higher skill, much higher wage economy.
"Think about somebody working in a call centre, a supermarket, or in an old peoples' home.- Meanwhile, we've also seen plenty of examples of the opposite goals from the Cons. Bruce Johnstone discusses how they've quite deliberately given away the farm in the name of trade deals without actually getting anything in return, while pogge rightly notes that the price of deregulation (using the latest e. coli outbreak as an example) is unacceptable even leaving aside the consumer toll.
"Redistribution offers a top-up to their wages. Predistribution seeks to go further - higher skills with higher wages."
- Finally, a group of labour researchers responds to the right-wing attempt to shackle unions in the name of "accountability" with a few suggestions as to how the Wall government could try to improve in that area itself.