- Tuesday, 28 February 2006
NDP to power on a socialist program.
No alliances with Liberals or Conservatives. NDP MPs must be the parliamentary voice of a mass movement against the conservative agenda. Mobilize support by adopting socialist policies that answer the needs and aspirations of workers and youth.
Full employment and decent wages for all.
For a 32 hour work-week with no loss of pay. No lay-offs. The right to a job, decent benefits, or a place in education. A national minimum wage of at least two-thirds of the average wage. For voluntary retirement at age 55 with a full pension for all.
The right to strike, the right to union representation and the right to collective bargaining.
Repeal all anti-union laws. Stop contracting-out, casualization, and all forms of privatization. End back-to-work legislation and the victimization of trade unionists.
Free health care for all.
Fund Medicare. Abolish private health care. Nationalize the pharmaceuticals giants that squeeze their profits out of the health of working people.
Equality of the sexes.
Equal pay for work of equal value. The Liberals must release the money for pay-equity. Invest in quality childcare, housing and domestic facilities available to all. Every woman must have complete autonomy over her own body.
Action to protect the environment.
Only public ownership of the land, major industries, oil, mining and logging companies, energy and transport, can form the basis of a genuine socialist approach to the environment. Environmental plans would be measured in generations, not fiscal quarters.
An end to all forms of discrimination.
Scrap all racist immigration and asylum controls. Workers unity is the way to defeat the racists and the conditions that breed racism.
A socialized plan of production for the fisheries, timber and agriculture.
Protect the environment and jobs. End the anarchy of the market in the resource industry. Nationalize the supermarkets and agro-chemical companies that destroy farmers’ livelihoods. Initiate a voluntary socialized plan of production for farming that would protect farmers’ jobs and security.
Education for all.
Fund our schools and colleges. End corporate encroachment into the classroom. Scrap tuition fees and loans, for living grants and life-long learning for all.
The right to self-determination for Québec.
No support for the bourgeois-nationalist PQ or the bourgeois-federalist Liberals. The Québec labour federations must break with the capitalist parties and form a party standing for the unity and common interests of all workers, irrespective of nationality.
An end to centuries of oppression against First nations.
Land and resource rights to all Natives. End the poverty on and off the reserves. Natives must be able to democratically control their own fate.
Nationalization of the commanding heights of the economy; the top 150 banks and corporations.
Break with the anarchy of the capitalist free market. No compensation to the millionaires, only those in genuine need. All nationalized enterprises to be run by workers control and management and integrated through a democratic socialist plan of production.
Pull out of NAFTA, WTO and other bankers’ deals that are the tools of imperialist exploitation. Strike back against U.S. imperialism and militarism. Nationalize the U.S. owned industrial giants and unite with American workers. For a socialist federation of the Americas as part of a world socialist federation.