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No massive concepts throughout an election marketing campaign? Au contraire — the Ontario election marketing campaign produced some sudden and progressive proposals.
This doesn’t occur usually, principally as a result of politicians don’t dare to dream. And, as Kim Campbell infamously put it throughout her transient tenure as prime minister, the election interval is just too quick a time to debate severe points.
Listed below are the nice concepts we observed in the course of the election that must be carried out by Doug Ford’s victorious PC authorities after which scaled up for the remainder of the nation.
The Ontario Liberals proposed the introduction of an elective Grade 13 for at the very least 4 years to let children who missed out on a big proportion of their faculty expertise due to COVID-19 catch up. Different good schooling concepts raised in the course of the marketing campaign:
• Cut back class sizes, with the most effective suggestion from the Liberals, who proposed capping courses at 20 college students throughout the board.
• Rent heaps extra lecturers. The guarantees ranged between 10,000 for the Liberals to twenty,000 for the NDP, together with extra particular schooling lecturers.
Ontario had the worst monitor file in Canada on classroom closures and reliance on digital studying in the course of the pandemic, and Canada had one of many worst monitor data on the planet. It’s apparent that because the pandemic subsides, we might want to assist children recuperate.
Reasonably priced housing is required in all places and is approaching a dire disaster scenario all through the nation, though no governments have plans for motion in any magnitude that may assist.
Most Ontario events promised huge quantities of recent housing, with the widespread quantity being at the very least 1.5 million properties. And whereas how, when and for whom these properties will likely be constructed wants heaps extra focus, having a promise on numbers is at the very least a begin.
The “buck a journey” public transit promise, additionally from the Liberals, is a extremely good concept. It offers with an entire raft of coverage points in a single go.
It provides precedence to public transportation at a time when fuel costs are rising and individuals are pressured due to basic value will increase.
It may well get extra folks accustomed to utilizing public transit, which can have a optimistic impact on greenhouse fuel emissions.
It significantly targets those that want it most. Low-wage staff usually spend plenty of time on transit as a result of housing prices are so excessive close to their work.
The proposal would additionally put cash within the pockets of those that want it most, particularly the poorest and the susceptible similar to folks with disabilities, the unemployed, college students and seniors.
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Public sector bargaining, labour
Someplace alongside the best way, constraining public sector wages to very low will increase over lengthy durations of time appeared like a good suggestion. Governments throughout the nation launched wage restraints. This resulted in devastating shortages of labour in essential care industries.
In Ontario, Invoice 124 caps some public sector wages to will increase of 1 per cent a 12 months, focusing on jobs primarily completed by girls. With this type of authorities directive, there’s no real public sector wage bargaining and it serves to extend wage inequality inside the sector.
Ontario’s Invoice 106 additionally impacts girls due to its limitations on pay fairness bargaining within the public sector.
The great concept? All three opposition events — the Liberals, the NDP and the Greens — promised to repeal each payments.
This might be a sensible transfer for all of Canada. Governments throughout the nation have to plan for labour within the care sector, however so long as sturdy bargaining rights are usually not doable due to authorities directives, shortages will proceed.
Extra long-term care beds in Ontario will not assist with out well-paid, well-trained workers
Waiting for the post-pandemic period
Issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic are virtually common all through the nation, so progressive concepts from anyplace must be disseminated.
That’s why the surprisingly good concepts that emerged from the Ontario election marketing campaign must be carried out, each by the re-elected Progressive Conservatives and governments throughout the nation.
The pandemic uncovered acute deficiencies in care companies and uncovered and enhanced current transit and housing issues. The good concepts offered in the course of the Ontario election signify a great first step to fixing a few of them.
It’s doable to have a extra equitable society as we recuperate from COVID-19, one which prioritizes enhancing the lives of residents from all walks of life. That must be the purpose of each elected official, together with the newly re-elected Doug Ford.
Pat Armstrong receives funding from SSHRC and am a Board member of CCPA and the Canadian Well being Coalition
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