Government has made a number of pre-budget announcements this week, none of them good, and it is clear that they are no longer red Tories. There have been a number of cuts over the past few years, but there has been a clear redirection of priorities over the last few weeks/month. And to listen to government tout the privatization of public services as something to be proud of really cheesed me today.
By saying the private sector can better run services society depends on says two things 1) We don't know how to do it, and 2) We've underfunded these services and have created a profit motive for the people who fund our party to get richer by exploiting the underfunded system.
Government is trying to balance the books on the backs of workers through layoffs and attrition, k-12 students by reducing teachers and increasing class sizes, seniors by making them pay for the services they need at the end of their lives, and the budget won't be released until Thursday so we don't know the full extent of these austerity measures.
The only people who have applauded these announcements are those who stand to gain financially. As a side note, it was also really funny to listen to Liberal Leader Dwight Ball call out government's privatization of long term care in the House today as he owns a private care home and is exactly the type of scoundrel who would benefit from privatization.
It's so easy to get pissed off, disenfranchised, and turn our backs to politics when governments choose to listen to but a handful of people when making decisions rather than investing our tax money in programs and services that will benefit all of us. But that's when we need to organize, unite, and push back against austerity measures. We should have a government to be proud of, and not just because they rant & roar with a wealthy charisma. We deserve a government that listens to the people who put them there. And that's where in lies a large part of the problem. They do listen to the people who put them there - the people who fund their campaigns and, to a lesser extent, the few who show up to vote.
We're lucky. There will be a provincial election likely within the next 6 month. As a people we need to dictate what the election issues will be. This sounds daunting, but we do this by talking to all the candidates about what's important to us, whatever that may be. And let them know what you'll be voting for, and that you will be voting, and that you'll be bringing 5 friends with you to the ballot box. Take the time to go into the House of Assembly and watch question period - a bunch of youngsters don't get so foolish at recess time. We deserve better.
The Confederation Building is still under renovation. It's up to us to renovate the House of Assembly.