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  1. Skilled migration, a mainstay of Australia’s economic and population policies, should be a win-win. Federal and state governments are looking for migrants to meet skills shortfalls and keep the economy growing. Migrants are looking for a better lifestyle and economic opportunities. But our research suggests the skilled migration program is failing to achieve its full economic potential, dashing personal dreams in the process. Many skilled migrants are simply not finding the opportunities they anticipated. Our survey of more than 1,700 skilled migrants living in South Australia f
  2. Meanwhile, Trudeau has been forced to swap his lofty rhetoric of 2015 for centrist pleas to voters – disheartening those who supported his first bid. “A lot of us really saw him as like a different kind of politician and then ended up being very disappointed – almost lied to by – how he turned out” said Rayne Fisher-Quann, a youth activist in Vancouver who, at 18, will be voting in her first federal election. “He seems very performative, especially when you look at the huge discrepancies between his words and his actions.” She points to a string of disappointments: Trudeau’s national
  3. Four years on, frustration and apathy could alienate young people in a campaign marked by sniping, absence of bold policy and the blackface scandal In an election defined by mudslinging and racist dog-whistling, Justin Trudeau stood apart. In a country weary of nearly a decade of Conservative rule, Canada’s Liberal leader was a sunny optimist promising change. And his refusal to play dirty politics – in contrast to the veteran politicians he was facing off against – inspired young voters to come out in record numbers. “We were looking for a leader that would be our person,” said
  4. The Liberals’ inflated rhetoric against the Conservatives also disguises just how comfortable they are swapping power. They consistently propped up former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s minority government, though they could have toppled him by forming a coalition that included the social democratic New Democratic party (NDP). And when the NDP itself contended for office in the 2018 Ontario provincial election, the Liberals attacked it ferociously, enabling victory for the reactionary Conservative leader Doug Ford. Liberals have always been more afraid of a challenge from the lef
  5. Ahead of Monday’s election, little divides the Liberal prime minister and the reactionary Conservatives. But there is an alternative How far Justin Trudeau’s star has fallen. In 2015, the rise of this hopey-changey wunderkind was supposed to usher in a bold new Canadian era: democratic reform, ambitious climate action, a plan to tackle inequality, and a new, respectful relationship with Indigenous peoples. But his Liberal party’s bid for re-election, ahead of the election on Monday, looks altogether different: this campaign is dominated by warnings, in ominous tones, about the threat pose
  6. In 2015, Justin Trudeau said that wealthy families like his should pay more taxes. Now, Justin Trudeau thinks millionaires are already paying enough taxes. But that hasn’t stopped him from campaigning on it. Last night, he said the Liberals believe in giving “less help to millionaires.” He bragged about giving “nothing to the 1%.” But his platform contains no measures to raise revenue from Canada’s ultra-rich. Who else is getting nothing new from Trudeau? Canadians struggling with the cost of prescription drugs, dental care, and housing. Jagmeet Singh has made implemen
  7. In June, the independent Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) found that Canada is losing up to $25 billion in revenue every year from offshore tax havens. That’s nearly $700 for every Canadian. The PBO report also indicates that provisions in the Income Tax Act prevent the Canada Revenue Agency from disclosing relevant tax data for individual companies, making it impossible for the PBO or the public to assess whether individual companies are avoiding Canadian taxes. Currently, corporations have no obligation to prove that transactions to transfer funds between Canada and other jurisdic
  8. OTTAWA – With the NDP’s New Deal for People, families will get the medicine and dental care they need, lower cell phone bills, homes they can afford, an end to interest on student loans, and concrete advances on the climate crisis. And to pay for it, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and the NDP will stop letting the super-wealthy get away with not paying their fair share of taxes. “The system is rigged. And the NDP is going to un-rig it to work better for everyday people,” said Singh. “With Justin Trudeau in charge, the economy works great for the big pharma companies who are making record profit
  9. This morning, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called out Justin Trudeau for rejecting a wealth tax on multimillionaires with fortunes over $20 million: “We know that Mr. Trudeau is not willing to tax the richest Canadians. We put it to him, and people have asked him, would he be willing to put in place our wealth tax on the super wealthy? He hasn’t said yes. “No other party is willing to say we’re going to make sure that the richest Canadians, those who have fortunes of over $20 million, pay their fair share. Everyone else, Canadians, hardworking families, middle-class families, they’re pay
  10. More than new ministers, Liberals need to change who they're working for: Singh OTTAWA – Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh responded to the Prime Minister's new cabinet by reminding him that no matter who is assigned to a particular file, the real change needed is for the Liberal government to start working for Canadians. "I'm not particularly concerned with whoever gets whichever cabinet post," said Singh. "What matters is that they stop working to make life easier for the ultra-rich and big corporations and start working with our team to make life better for families." In the last
  11. MP Peter Julian Named House Leader and MP Rachel Blaney Named Whip Today, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced Peter Julian (New Westminster-Burnaby) and Rachel Blaney (North Island—Powell River) were appointed to the positions of NDP House Leader and Whip respectively. “Peter is among the most experienced and committed caucus members we have, and Rachel has earned the respect of people in and out of our caucus,” said Singh. “I will be relying on both of them in these important leadership roles as New Democrats work to deliver for Canadians in this minority parliament.” This appointm
  12. OTTAWA– Today, while speaking at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announced that he has named MP Taylor Bachrach (Skeena—Bulkley Valley) as Critic for Infrastructure and Communities in the NDP Shadow Cabinet. “As families struggle to make ends meet, municipalities are being asked to do more and more with fewer resources. New Democrats will be partners in helping deliver for communities across the country,” said Singh. “As a former mayor for a rural community, Taylor understands first-hand the struggles municipalities are faced with in delivering for thei
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