If the government threatens or tries to enact back-to-work legislation, Jagmeet Singh should leave the supply and confidence agreement.
Bottle of whisky that they don't do anything. This ain't Ed Broadbent's NDP.
I guess we’re about to find out just how much of a workers party the federal NDP actually is.
David, I'm surprised you didn't think this through. Every NDP MP could vote against B2W legislation and the Liberals will still get it passed because the worker-friendly Tories will support anything that attacks unions. And that will be enough for Jagmeet because he did all he could as a political representative. He won't tell every NDP constituency organization to set up picket support for PSAC members. These workers aren't ready to defy Parliament until their leadership actually gets them a deal they actually want. They need all the support they can get to stay out until Treasury Board caves.
Class-struggle unionism is what the NDP was born to avoid. Ruling classes have been turning to social democracy for almost a century to save capitalism from socialist revolution. Jagmeet is hewing to that course.
I haven't read your Jacobin article so I don't know if you pulled the same punches as you did here. Your class analysis has kept your panel commentaries sharper than everyone. You're the token leftie in English Cdn MSM now that Rick Salutin is gone. Your critiques of liberal mush are welcome. Now you can more. You have an opportunity to give class struggle unionism and revolutionary ideas a place in the English Cdn discourse. This substack message could be tweaked so that your MSM content links to ideas that can win the better world you and me want.
You're absolutely right David. How can the NDP maintain the C&S agreement after such a naked assault on collective bargaining. Back to work legislation is equivalent to carpet bombing worker rights.
That said,... what‘s the magic number? Inflation+5% real increase, with a COLA over the contract life? What if market forces push prices beyond the ability of any employer to mitigate at the bargaining table?
So you know what? The government will be reasonable though as they don't want to precipitate an electoral disaster splitting the progressive vote before an early election.
The rabid right is unified, stoked by Skippy's hate Trudeau, hate the Liberals, hate institutions of governance & expertise. If they win the next election Canada will change for the worse irrevocably
They represent an existential threat to Canadian Democracy that must be extinguished by a one term Unity Coalition with a set manifesto of shared ambitions & goals for the nation during their government
You had me at “The NDP should...”
Don't usually disagree but if that happens Jagmeet is done and most likely the NDP as well. A Poilievre government will do so much damage to the country that all people will remember is who enabled it. They won't look at the Liberals. Jagmeet has made a point of putting it in people's heads that the Liberals survive thanks to NDP support. He'll take all the blame for the ensuing disaster a Poilievre government will be and rightly so. He knows the risk and if he's willing (as he was with O'Toole) to play footsie's with the CPC then he and his party deserve the blowback.
"But what if they don’t? And what if they rely on the back-to-work legislation Singh says he opposes? If it comes to that, the NDP should put the Liberals on notice that they intend to end their bargain, which is meant to keep the minority government standing until the 2025, and let the chips fall where they may." Let's hope it doesn't come to that because where the chips fall may be very bad indeed if we head into another election.
They fed employees are entitled to a fair wage settlement. I am not certain as to other working condition demands are on the table for their contract. No seems to be talking about it, but I am certain they exist.