The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has released its Minority Report, a report card on the 2004-05 Liberal minority government.
The report outlines the persistent failures of recent Liberal and Conservative majority governments to meet the needs of working people. CUPE members have been betrayed time and again with hollow promises of comfortable Liberal and Conservative majority governments who consistently cater to the needs and greed of corporate Canada.
That corporate agenda was at least temporarily stalled by the minority Parliament of 2004-05 when the NDP forced the Liberals to deliver on previous election promises that improve the lives of ordinary Canadians. The minority Parliament produced $1.6 billion for affordable housing, $1.5 billion to reduce tuition fees, $900 million for the environment and $100 million to protect workers’ earnings in case of company bankruptcy. Of course it’s only a start, but it shows that minority Parliaments are good for CUPE members and other working people.