Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Romeo Saganash in the 'Peg Part IV: The CWB & Social Housing

Note: This is the fourth installment in a series of posts on Romeo Saganash's Dec. 16, 2011 visit to Winnipeg. Previous installments dealt with his overall vision, crime policy, and thoughts on Climate Change & New Democratic Party prospects in Western Canada. This post deals with his agriculture and social housing policy.    

After addressing the issue of building up the NDP in Western Canada,  Romeo Saganash faced a  question about how he would address social housing concerns and the Conservative assault on the Canadian Wheat Board.

In response, Saganash outlined what he sees as the two diametrically opposed approaches to farm policy. One approach involves catering to large Agrobusinesses while the other involves support for family farms. The leadership hopeful believes that preserving the Canadian Wheat Board is the best way to help family farmers.

He further went on to describe the way in which the Conservatives have gone about changing the law as "unacceptable". What he specifically has in mind are Conservative responses to Court rulings over whether the government can change the Wheat Board without affected farmers voting on the matter. The Conservative response, that they have a (manufactured) majority and thus should be able to change whatever laws they want, reeks of arrogance according to Saganash. Previous majority governments, the leadership hopeful contends, have passed more bills with amendments than the Harper Government has thus far*.  

The Quebec MP moved on to how Toronto is a leader in social housing and how the federal government needs to follow a similar route. He noted the terribly inadequate housing conditions in many rural aboriginal communities may be undermining education, as it's hard to study in a decrepit house.

Having addressed the two issues, the floor was opened to more questions. The next audience member asked how Saganash would reverse the tide of growing corporate power in this country. His answer will be detailed in the next installment of this series.


*That is, the Harper Government™ has passed more bills in raw, party-insider drafted, form - accepting less suggestions from other parties or concerned citizens. 


  1. Want to know why diverse people across Canada are supporting Mr. Saganash or why is he becoming a household name amongst First Nations?
    Go to www.saganash.ca

    or join his official Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/RomeoSaganash

    M Wilhelm

  2. When Mulcair was in town, he stated that he (or was it the NDP?) would bring back the CWB's single desk marketing system, if brought into power.

    Is this a stated NDP policy goal, or just Muclair's? What did Romeo Saganash have to say about this?

    Also, what about the possible removal by Harper of supply management farm systems (dairy, chickens, eggs, etc) here and in other parts of Canada, including Quebec: would they be brought back by Saganash?


  3. "We will start by returning to our roots in rural Canada. Rural communities are hollowing out and people are angry about it. The Conservatives sold people a phony bill of goods, playing on anger over hot button social issues while undermining their economic future. The Wheat Board decision is just the beginning. They are coming after the dairy and egg boards. They won't be satisfied until Viterra and Cargill and Monsanto control every bit of farmland in this country. Whether trees or minerals or energy, they will take the resources out of the land with vague promises of temporary work and leave nothing lasting in its place but a scar on the environment. It doesn't need to be this way. When we were the CCF, rural Canadians knew we were on their side. We need to reach out to them again with respect, to listen to their concerns and to act on their behalf. When we do, they will come back to us and we will grow together."


  4. There were quite a few details Saganash didn't give in his presentation. Most of it was pretty broad (perhaps overly broad) stuff. Basically, what I wrote here is what he said.

  5. He might deal with the matters in his upcoming platform or town halls in other cities/towns/communities, though. Hopeful they'll be some actual coverage of his subsequent events.