“Citizens in Action:” is a non-profit, non-partisan, independent, progressive, organization. Its members are concerned citizens, who are devoted to economic & social justice. We have two objectives:
1) Consciousness-raising through popular education.
2) Lobbying of our governments for the public interest. We plan to struggle against the commercialization & privatization of our common good. We believe in the preeminence of citizens ahead of profits. We believe in fair taxes. We now have a fiscal system of Robin Hood in reverse, “take from the poor to give to the rich.” Multinationals & corporations are getting away with tax-evasion. They have tax-loopholes, tax credits, tax deferrals and tax-havens.
According to Brigitte Alepin’s book, “Ces riches qui ne payent pas d’impôts,” corporations are not paying their fair share of taxes. They pay only 4% in taxes, if they pay at all; whereas 50% of multinationals & banks do not pay any taxes at all, despite their yearly declaration of record profits. And as if this legal theft of public funds were not bad enough, they have the gall to ask for subsidies, welfare for the rich! The rest of us pay over 60% of our salaries in various taxes:taxes at source, property taxes, school taxes, sales’ & services’ taxes, user fees, etc. However, when we need funds for necessary services, such as health care, or the repair of our crumbling bridges & infrastructure, we are constantly told, “there is no money in government coffers.”
In Quebec: The Organization for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD) considers tax evasion amounts to 15% of its state members’ budgets. If we were to apply these statistics to Quebec finances, we discover we are actually losing over 8 billion dollars in corporate tax evasion every year; an exorbitant amount which exceeds the supposed debt-cost.
In Canada, one of the wealthiest countries in the world, one in five children, lives in poverty, a national disgrace. Forty per cent of all workers earn less than $20,000 a year. Fifty-six per cent of senior citizens, who live alone, are poor. However, the average salary of a CEO is 500 times more than that of the average, hard-working, wage-earner. Consequently, the gap between rich & poor is widening exponentially.Internationally: the globalization of selfishness, greed and excessive, unbridled wealth, has destroyed the planet and impoverished its inhabitants.
Almost 3 billion people, half the world’s population, live on less than two dollars a day, and 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day; 2 billion inhabitants have no access to clean water. According to UNICEF, 26,000 children die each day, due to poverty & hunger. Rich nations, which represent 20 % of the world’s population, consume 86 % of its resources. A mere 12 % of the world’s population, in developed countries, uses 85% of the planet’s water & resources. The wealthiest nation on earth, the United States, has the widest gap between rich & poor. The total wealth of the world’s three richest individuals is greater than the combined gross domestic product of 48 poorest countries, a quarter of all the world’s states. Less than one per cent of what the world spends every year on weapons could put every child into school & eliminate hunger.
A better world would be possible if:
1) We had real participatory democracy & true equality of the sexes, especially in parliament.
2) The reinstatement of a truly progressive income tax system, eliminate tax havens, etc.
3) Limits to Economic Growth. The planet cannot absorb the pillage & destruction of its resources any more, nor the damage to the environment through green-house gases.
4) Independent media, free from control by corporate conglomerates who have hijacked our airwaves, newspapers and magazines.
5) Public ownership of public resources. Water is a necessity, not a commodity to be bought & sold on international markets.
6) Public/Private Partnerships serve only to increase the profits of a few predators, but are not in the public interest. They actually increase costs & diminish the quality of our services. Healthcare should remain public.
7) Our internal & foreign policy should not be dictated, in secret, by the United States, as in the Security & Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Agreement between Canada, U.S. & Mexico; otherwise, the lowest common denominator of goods & services will prevail.
8) The right to food, work & lodging must beenshrined in our Charter of Human Rights.
9) Unelected lobbyists who influence public policy should be banned altogether.
10) The commercialization of every aspect of our lives should cease. The economy should be in the service of citizens & not vice-versa!
Take Action: Get involved
*We meet the second Tuesday of each month, to listen to a renowned speaker & to discuss a current political issue.
Place: Concordia Hall building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West, (corner Bishop)
Room 760, on the 7th floor
Time: 7:00 p.m. sharp
For further information, contact founder: Nadia Alexan,
tel. (514) 846-0644, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org