New Release: Lobbyist Transcription with Representative Sean Wilson

Monday, June 9, 2014


It has come to the attention of the Progressive Socialist Party that there has been an issue regarding foreign workers. The Temporary Foreign Workers Program allows people from around the world to find work in Canada without becoming citizens, and therefore not paying taxes. Two lobbyists, Timothy Powers and Robin Speer, visited us earlier this morning to negotiate this issue with the Progressive Socialist Party.



Transcript
Timothy: Good morning Mr. Wilson, I’m Timothy Powers. I am here today representing McDonalds to support the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

Robin: My name is Robin Speer and I’m lobbying on behalf of Tim Hortons in support of the Temporary Foreign Workers Program.

Sean Wilson: It’s a pleasure to meet you both. What has brought this issue to the attention of McDonalds and Tim Hortons?

Timothy: It’s come to these companies attention that the Temporary Foreign Workers Program has been suspended. We rely on this program to employ a large percentage of our staff, and therefore it’s suspension has been detrimental to our businesses.

Robin: We have the best interests of our employees at heart, and without the opportunity to work at our respective companies, these workers aren’t able to provide for their families in developing countries around the world.

Sean Wilson: We agree with your representative companies. The Progressive Socialist Party believes in economic equality, and we will try our best to make amendments to this program to allow foreign workers to immigrate to Canada, and later become Canadian citizens. However, we also need to ensure that these workers eventually become Canadian citizens to allow us to promote Canadian communities and economy. Our proposal to ensure all needs of all respective parties are met is to allow Temporary Foreign Workers to work in Canada for a maximum of 3 years before either leaving to reside in their home country again, or becoming a Canadian citizen. Furthermore, they may apply again if their 3-year period expires.

Timothy: That sounds wonderful! This will greatly benefit our company as well as the country. We are honoured that you have made this decision!

Robin: Yes, indeed this is a wonderful decision. I’m glad you are taking interests of the foreign worker’s families

Sean Wilson: I appreciate your input! However, it has come to our attention that some companies have been exploiting these temporary workers, who have less rights than Canadian citizens. I’m not saying that either of your respective companies do this, but we have also considered this and we believe that laws must be applied to ensure this act does not happen. Do you guys have any input on this?

Robin: First off, my company does not do this absurd act and I am sure that Timothy does not do this either. I do agree that there maybe some issues with this. Perhaps equal rights should be given to foreign workers as to normal workers to accommodate this pressing issue.

Sean Wilson: I would agree that is a good idea. However, these foreign workers do not pay taxes meaning they should not receive social programs either. Furthermore, some Canadian workers are also saying that these foreign workers are displacing possible jobs for them and to resolve this issue we believe that the government should do careful inspection to ensure that Canadian citizens are given priority over foreign workers. The inspection would be to see if the company has taken into consideration hiring Canadian citizens before looking to foreign workers. As always, this is open for discussion.

Timothy: I think that this idea would be fine. How long would the inspection take?

Sean Wilson: Depending on the size of the company, the inspection time will vary.

Robin:  I think these ideas are excellent! I would love to see them be put into action.

Timothy: I would agree that these ideas are fair. It was an honour having our ideas considered.

Sean Wilson: The honour is mine. I appreciate the input you have given us.

First Connect Summit on Food Sustainability

Today, three parties including the Progressive Socialist Party, The Unity Party, and The Reformist Party convened in the Food Sustainability summit to discuss agricultural sustainability, and all the implications related to it. 

The first item we discussed was renewable food transportation and distribution methods. The Reformist Party encouraged the use of biofuels, but we are against this idea because, although biofuels are renewable, the emissions from them are not. It is very difficult to remove air pollution from the atmosphere and doesn't contribute to environmental cleanliness. As a party, we believe that renewable energy and electricity, and fuel cell vehicles, are the best solution to create renewable distribution and transportation of food and products. Overall, the other two parties agreed with the idea of renewable energy methods of transportation of foods and goods. 

Another idea to solve the issue of food sustainability is locally grown foods. Originally, our party disagreed with the others on the topic of locally-grown food, but after careful consideration, we have agreed to promote locally-grown food. Locally-grown foods would be beneficial because they would promote local economies as opposed to foreign economies. To promote locally-grown foods, we would consider inducting a Food Kilometer Tax, as suggested by the other parties, where goods that have traveled many kilometers to reach the consumer would have a tax that would be paid by the distributor.

Our Response to Minority Languages in Canada

Monday, June 2, 2014

Earlier today, the Progressive Socialist Party discovered an issue regarding minority languages in Canada. The map, pictured below, expresses the most common language in each province, excluding Canada’s Official Languages (English and French).



Earlier today, the Progressive Socialist Party discovered an issue regarding minority languages in Canada. The map, pictured below, expresses the most common language in each province, excluding Canada’s Official Languages (English and French). After observing this map, we believe that a new bill should be created titled the Federal Minority Languages Education Act (FMLEA). This bill would provide a unified federal education system administered by the provincial government and funded by the federal government. This education system would involve tuition in French, English, and a minority language that is not one of Canada’s official language that is most commonly spoken in each province. Essentially, each province would have education offered in the two official languages and one minority, unofficial language most commonly spoken. This would give us the opportunity to enhance multiculturalism within the country. Furthermore, the Federal Minority Languages Education Act would be a contributing factor to establishing where immigrants speaking foreign languages would immigrate. This would ensure that future generations would have their language and culture passed down.

This act will be added as an amendment to the Minority Language Education Rights section of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. As the Progressive Socialist Party, we believe that everyone should have equal opportunities. By creating this act, we will enable all of our citizens to acquire education, and therefore excel and succeed.

Our Response to Amendments for the Senate

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Canada’s Senate has seen better days; scandal has rocked the “Red Chamber” to its core, and Canadians are left wondering whether the design of our federal government is fundamentally flawed.
Prime Minister Hephen Starper has requested input from all parties on this issue be communicated immediately.
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In the video below, it outlines our proposal on how to fix this issue.


The strategies we created to solve the issue of the Canadian Senate directly reflects the values of our party and constituents. Creating an equal and fair government will in turn help create a successful and proactive nation. We believe in a non-corrupt government that will appropriately address the issues our party and constituents are continuing to face. Our suggestions for improving the senate will prevent further scandals allow the citizens. We need to stop having scandal distractions, decrease them and focus on improving our country.

Our Response to Amendments for the YCJA

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

This morning Minister of Justice and Attorney General Meter Packay announced proposed revisions to the Youth Criminal Justice Act that would allow adult sentences for young offenders aged 11-14. Under the current YCJA only young offenders ages 14-18 may be considered for adult sentences based on the severity of their crimes. “What it means to be an adolescent in today’s society is changing, and their crimes are changing as well. The current YCJA has sent kids the message that they can get away with whatever they want because they are still developing; this is unacceptable as everyone who puts our society in danger must be held accountable.” Hon. Meter Packay

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Whilst we agree that young offenders should remain accountable for their actions, they should not remain so accountable to the degree of adult sentencing for 11-14 year olds. These young offenders are still developing their worldview and mentality with regards to morals and values. This should be taken into account when young offenders commit crimes. This also gives youth a better opportunity to rehabilitate and reintegrate young offenders back into society, as their mental development isn’t fully completed yet. We disagree with the proposed revisions and believe that the act should not be modified.

Our party believes restorative justice is a more effective way of enforcing law & order than retributive justice, as it gives young offenders a chance to change bad habits and to promote healthy relationships and good habits. Programs have been shown to create lower levels of reoffense than a prison sentence. The YCJA should be focusing on pointing youth in the right direction in their lives as they have an entire future before them, and assisting them in rehabilitating and reintegrating them back into society. Youth offenders aged 11 - 14 live with their families, resulting in a variety of home situations. Many youth offenders in the past have been influenced by the things that occur in their homes and are therefore negatively influenced. These youth deserve a chance to understand what is right and wrong and to experience life outside of the influence of their personal life. Balancing fair consequences with meaningful programs is the purpose of the YCJA and it fulfills this promise.

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Mission Statement

Our mission as the Progressive Socialist party is to reduce class barriers to create a society in which we can all live equally. Our goal is to provide citizens with the tools to excel and succeed, including education, income assistance, and healthcare. We strongly support the use of renewable energy, and we discourage the use of fossil fuels because of the pollution. The goal we will always look towards is a country with equality; where everyone has choices and equal opportunities to make a living. We are a people united.

Do you prefer an equal society or an individualized society?