In a week that included the Women’s March, the Davos conference, the issue of feeding our current and future population and the news that “It’s Boom times for Billionaires” I feel the need to connect the dots.
This week a report from Oxfam was published that stated;
“…82 percent of the global wealth produced last year went to the richest 1 percent of the world’s population. In other words, four out of every five dollars of wealth created in 2017 went into the pockets of the 1 percent.”
This report also found;
“Women are in the worst work, and almost all the super-rich are men. Governments must create a more equal society by prioritizing ordinary workers and small-scale food producers instead of the rich and powerful.”
This week saw the “No Timmies Tuesday” reaction to the minimum wage hike in Ontario that had the franchise owners declaring that this will be more than their bottom line can handle. We heard the same when the NDP government introduced its rate hike in the minimum wage here in Alberta.
The press too often gives voice to the business owners perspective but little time to how the minimum wage employee is affected. This part of our social justice seems at odds with our capitalistic business model, but why is this?
In my own business, my husband and I usually take the time off between Christmas and New Year to take stock of what has happened and what we want to see moving forward. It has been a very hectic time since my leadership win in early November but I have managed to take a couple of days off and reflect on this past year and what I hope to accomplish in 2018.
While setting up signs with Martin Blake in the Greenway by-election last year, Martin made a wise observation about our party; our politics are only as good as the policies they are able to affect in the governance of our province or country. In other words, talk is cheap.
Another point that was said to me many times while campaigning in the 2015 federal election was that the Green Parties in general don’t have the ability or readiness to govern. Challenge accepted!
This has led me to one of the key elements in my platform; the Doughnut Economics model by Kate Raworth.
Her model dovetails perfectly with the Green Party of Alberta’s core principles. It also provides a road map to how our politics can become policy.