I was canvassing last weekend. It was a radiant day and as many other NDP canvassers have found - the people were receptive, It's as if the socialist "bogey-man" has been lifted. It's clear that people are a) getting fed-up with the usual gang of corporate apologists and b) filled with a growing feeling that things are going to get worse. But one thing became really clear - it was that the "tax burden" that the Libs and Cons seek to "relieve" is a false argument and that the "DEBT BURDEN" is the real impediment in the lives of people. It was a Liberal supporter that got me on that track, telling me life had got too expensive for him in Alderwood. Think about it. 21% interest rates on credit cards. Bank charges of $2.00 per transaction, insurance rates in permanent increase, cell-phone rates the most expensive in the world. And governments are O.K. with this? If you ever needed proof that the Liberals and Conservatives are in the back-pocket of the banks then here it is. The proof that the NDP is not can be found in Jack's pledge to set credit cards at 5% above prime. Contrast that family benefit to a $221.00 tax credit (Hudak) that will buy you a microwave oven. You'll never see the Conservatives relieve your debt burden, Nor the Liberals.
About the Author
Timothy Ellis is a writer, campaign manager, and grassroots activist. He has worked for the Bernie Sanders campaign, the NDP, and helped lead the international fight against the TPP.