Raise Your Voice, Cast Your Vote Campaign
The CCU campaign “Raise Your Voice, Cast Your Vote” has sent Canada’s five major parties a document consisting of nineteen questions on economic, labour, social, democratic and international issues. The NDP, Greens, the Bloc Quebecois and Liberals have responded (see below). For the fourth consecutive “Raise Your Voice, Cast Your Vote” campaign, the Conservative Party has not responded to our questionnaire, after repeated emails and phone calls.
For far too long, elections and political parties have ignored the concerns of workers, and it has caused millions of them to stay at home on voting day. That’s why we asked the parties directly about their views on unions, wages, collective bargaining and workers’ rights.
Voter turnout has been rapidly declining in Canada, and statistics show that it is especially low-income and working class families that aren’t exercising their voting rights. “Raise Your Voice, Cast Your Vote” was designed specifically to speak to the concerns of workers and progressive-minded people in Canada today.
Before voting, we encourage our members to carefully review the responses of all the parties (by clicking on the party logo) and to vote their conscience. These grades reflect the CCU’s opinion of how the polices of the parties will affect the working families of Canada.
The responses are given a ranking of A to F, with A indicating polices that are most beneficial to working families, and F indicating those that are most damaging to working families. The Conservatives did not respond to our campaign after repeated calls and emails, and we had no alternative but to judge them on their policy record during the last four years.