NDP Opposition Day: Livable Income and a Wealth Tax

On Thursday November 5, the NDP will be using it's Opposition Day to draw attention to income inequality and propose a livable income for all Canadians.

Here's what you need to know...

This is not Motion 46:

First, the motion being debated tomorrow is not Leah Gazan's Motion 46.  The NDP has put forward a separate motion as part of it's Opposition Day in the House of Commons.  This new motion contains elements of Leah's Guaranteed Livable Basic Income proposal and it's a huge opportunity to pressure MPs from all parties to meaningfully address this issue.  Consider this a warm up for when Motion 46 is debated on the House Floor.  We would not have gotten to this point without the support of over 43,000 petition signers and dozens of community organizations and unions. 

It is unacceptable that the ultra wealthy in this country have made $37 billion in profits since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, while families and individuals across the country have been forced deeper into poverty. We must legislate a long term and permanent plan that prioritizes people over corporations -- It is time that the ultra wealthy pay their fair share, and that everyone living in Canada has access to housing, health care, and a guaranteed livable basic income.

 

Tune in live:

Leah will be speaking in the house tomorrow. Follow along here.

Share this page on social media:

Post this link on social media and ask your followers to check out the Opposition Day motion.  Use the hashtag #GLBI 

Email and Call your MP:

You can call and/or email your MP first thing tomorrow morning.   Look up your MP's contact information with your postal code.  You can say something like:

I believe that all individuals living in Canada should have their human rights met, and we must ensure that people have what they need to thrive and live in dignity during and after the pandemic.  That's why I'm asking you to support the NDP motion for a wealth tax and a livable income for all -- it is unacceptable that the wealthiest in Canada have profited $37 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic, while many families and individuals have been forced deeper into poverty.  Please vote yes tomorrow.  I'll be following up to see which way you vote.

 

This is our chance to tell our elected officials that we expect them to take a stand and defend our right to live in dignity.  It's a public vote so we'll have a record of MPs that support and don't support this motion ;).

Will you sign?

On Thursday, November 5 the following motion, put forward by the NDP, will be debated in the house of Commons:

That, given that since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian billionaires are $37 billion richer while the most vulnerable are struggling, the House calls upon the government to put in place a new one percent tax on wealth over $20 million and an excess profit tax on big corporations that have been profiteering from the pandemic, and to re-invest the billions of dollars recouped from these measures to: (a) expand income security programs to ensure all individuals residing in Canada have a guaranteed livable basic income; (b) expand health care, including by putting in place a national dental care program and a universal, single-payer, public pharmacare program; and (c) meaningfully implement the right to housing with the full plan set out in the Recovery for All campaign and immediately fund a "For Indigenous, By Indigenous" urban, rural and Northern housing strategy delivered by Indigenous housing providers.

 

I support the NDP's Opposition Day Motion and call on all Members of Parliament to vote in favour.

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