Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Romeo Saganash in the 'Peg Part IV: The CWB & Social Housing
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.