Ontario Government's 2021 Budget
Urgent Need Is for a Pro-Social Direction for the Economy
The Ontario government presented a budget on March 24 that refuses
to address the pressing need for increased investments in social
programs. Working people through their unions are denouncing the budget
and pursuing a public campaign for respect and security. They are
demanding budgets from both the Ontario and federal governments
that increase investments in social programs and stop paying the rich.
The pandemic has exposed the dire consequences arising from the
refusal of the ruling elite to change the direction of the economy away
from the incessant demands of the rich for maximum private profit.
Working people want respect, security and the right to live and work in
can residents in long-term care homes, patients in hospitals, others
requiring medical assistance, and students in elementary, high school
and post-secondary institutions be guaranteed their needs will be met
if governments refuse to meet and guarantee the needs and rights of the
workers delivering those necessary social services? Respect
and security for people of all ages needing social services begins with
respect and security for the people delivering the services!
- Widespread deaths of the elderly in long-term care homes
have occurred from the refusal of governments to invest in their care,
and from enterprises that view the care of seniors as an opportunity to
make big profits.
- The Ontario budget does not include any provision for paid sick
days, which is a widespread demand of Ontario workers, that has the
support of doctors and other public health experts.
- Over twenty thousand Ontario health care workers have been infected with COVID-19, resulting in twenty deaths.
- Governments have so starved Laurentian University in
Sudbury of needed investment that private creditors have forced it into
bankruptcy protection and possible collapse.
- The Ontario budget even fails to keep education spending in
line with the rate of inflation and enrolment growth, which highlights
the socially irresponsible refusal of governments to guarantee the
right to education for all and to allow education workers to organize a
safe learning environment.
facts cover the Ontario and federal governments with shame. They are an
indictment of the neglect and refusal of the ruling elite to do their
duty to increase investments in social programs and stop paying the
rich. Those in control are proving themselves in practice as
nation-wreckers not nation-builders.
The facts expose the oligarchs in control of blocking the people
from organizing a human-centred direction for the economy. They point
to the necessity for working people to organize themselves into an
unstoppable force that demands and brings into being a new direction
for the economy and political affairs that serves the people and meets
their needs and that of society.
The sweet words and policy objectives of cartel political parties
are not enough! They do not bring respect, dignity and security to
working people nor meet the needs of the people and society. Deeds are
Stop Paying the Rich!
Increase Investments in Social Programs Now!
This article was published in
Voluem [volume] Number 24 - April 2, 2021 - No. 24