Thursday, September 25, 2008

So what about the Federal Election?

As you probably know, Canada is having a Federal Election on Monday, October 14th. Compared to the theatrics going on in the United States, our election seems a little boring, but despite that, it's more important than ever that we get involved in our political process.

Some unions actively support one party only, but I think it's more important that we encourage our members to become actively involved, and support a candidate, no matter what party they favour. If a large number of our members do that, then no matter who gets elected, we will have some members who worked for the winning candidate and who will be in a position to talk to and influence them about matters that are important to the IBEW and its members. The fact is, if you join a party, donate to a candidate, or volunteer to help with their campaign, you will be in the best position to have some positive input on their policies.

On the topic of donations, are you aware that you can have a real impact in supporting the candidate of your choice and it won't cost you very much? For example, if you donate $200 to a political candidate, did you know that you will receive a tax credit of $150? That means that the $200 donation will only cost you $50.

I also think it's important that we try to educate our members on issues that are important to working people, so they can make informed decisions and vote for the person in their riding that will best represent them. Below are the links to the Canadian Labour Congress election website, which can lead you to a lot of other links with details pertinent to the election. For example, if you click on “Who is on your side?” you can see every MP’s voting record on labour issues.

Finally, and most importantly, please remember to vote on October 14th!

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