Questions for your Candidates III

by | April 10, 2011
filed under Can-Con, Feminism, Politics

Back with more questions to consider asking your candidates in the 2011 Canadian federal election. This time we’ll look at housing/poverty, the environment, and immigration.


1. Federal investments in housing and homelessness have been eroding since 1989, and persistent homelessness has serious negative social and economic implications in our communities. In the last Parliament, NDP MP Libby Davies’ Private Member’s Bill C-304 to create a comprehensive national housing plan passed second reading, but will now have to be re-introduced in a new session. Will  you and your party commit to supporting a bill like Bill C-304 to establish a national housing strategy?

2. The House’s Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills & Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities released its final report making recommendations for a national poverty reduction plan. Will your party support the HUMA committee’s recommendations, including investments in social housing, social programs, jobs at living wages, and childcare?


1. Climate change is one of the most pressing interntional issues we face, with the potential to become catastrophic if immediate action is not taken by governments. It is also an issue with racial, gender, intergenerational, and international dimensions. For example, a 2009 report from the UN Population Fund found that women in poor countries are disproportionately impacted by climate change and natural disasters. How will your party’s plans reduce global warming, and what are its timelines and targets?

2. The Suzuki Foundation has released a list of 12 chemicals to avoid in cosmetic products, many of which have been found to cause cancer or have negative environmental impacts. Products containing these harmful chemicals are disproportionately marketed towards women after undergoing only the most basic screening by Health Canada. The Suzuki Foundation and Canadian Cancer Society are calling for stricter labelling of potentially carcinogenic chemicals in cosmetics. Will you support stronger labelling requirements for chemicals in cosmetics and better regulations to enable Health Canada to keep dangerous products off store shelves?

3. In 2009 the Government of Canada committed, along with G20 leaders, to phasing out tax breaks and subsidies to oil, gas, and coal-producing companies, which are already some of the richest corporations in the country. Will your party commit to ending subsidies to the oil and gas sector, which would save Canadians approximately $1 billion/year?

4. Investments in developing clean energy technology can create jobs and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The government can also support energy retrofits and public transit to help individuals reduce their emissions. What are your party’s plans to develop a clean energy economy for Canada?


1. Although the “points system” was ostensibly designed to get rid of racism in our immigration system, systemic issues mean that immigrants from European countries have shorter wait times than immigrants from other countries, notably countries in Africa. How will you and your party address the issue of delays in processing immigrant and refugee claims and family reunification applications, especially through Africa and other underserved areas?

2. How will you and your party ensure the rights of temporary foreign workers are respected while they are in Canada?

If you missed the past posts of suggested questions, here are the links:

1: Reproductive rights, LGBT rights, child care, Aboriginal justice

2: Health care, democracy/ethics, public safety