Stable, Well-Paying Jobs in Support of Middle Income Families

WHEREAS the Leader of the LPC has indicated a strong interest in addressing the needs of middle income Canadians during the next election campaign; and

WHEREAS many educated and skilled Canadians are finding it increasingly difficult to find stable well-paying jobs that can support a middle income lifestyle; and

WHEREAS during the 1950 and 60s Canada developed a strong middle income under a mixed market-driven economy marked by collaboration among government, industry and unions; and

WHEREAS beginning in the 1980s, new economic models based on private sector responsibility for economic growth combined with an increased emphasis on cost competitiveness resulting from international trends in globalization, Canada began to lose its industrial base and associated “middle income” jobs, a trend which continues to the present; therefore

BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada, as a major component of the 2015 election platform, commit to developing, a new Canadian industrial strategy tailored to the challenges of the 21st Century, built on the principles of fairness and a shared responsibility among government, industry and labour that will create a greater number of more stable, well-paying jobs thereby strengthening the Canadian economy, the middle income and the well-being of all Canadians; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada creates a working group with representation from governments, industry and private-sector trade unions to consider the options and make recommendations on what elements should be incorporated into such a strategy.

Senior Liberals’ Commission

6 Responses to “Stable, Well-Paying Jobs in Support of Middle Income Families”

  1. Evelyn Abell 12. Feb, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    Industry representation needs to be further defined to cap at a certain level. My understanding is that SMEs provide the bulk of the jobs, yet many small business owners do so by paying themselves at or below the level of their employees, whereas the CEOS of large industry are paid hundreds of times the average worker salary. They are therefore disconnected from the reality of the average worker, and this group should represent those who are truly bridging the divide between rich and poor and creating jobs to bring back our critical middle class.

  2. Robert Reid 12. Feb, 2014 at 11:03 am #


    Most government projects involve large expense at putting a plant somewhere that does not work out because it does not suit the market. It is better to let companies do their own thing without government direction.
    Instead just back employment which is what is really wanted. Pay companies 15 or 20% for new full time employees salaries that they hire for at least a 10 month period and cover up 2 years. This would be for those earning less than $120,000. a year including bonuses which should cover engineers etc. but not executives. A minimum
    wage of $11 may also be set. Some areas have a $6 wage for inexperienced labour which seems too low. There would have to be conditions which prevent firing old employees to hire new and other details to be worked out.
    The government would get most of the money back directly from the taxes the employees pay and as the money changes hands it attracts more taxes which should result in a net gain. It could be practical to pay more than 20%.
    I assume these figures will be tweaked but this is the main idea. Similar things may have been done in the past: perhaps it is time to look at it again as I don’t see much about jobs in the Liberal platform.
    Robert Reid

  3. Sheila Hurley 12. Feb, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    Good paying jobs for middle income families should be supported as often as possible.

  4. Dorothy Cruickshank 12. Feb, 2014 at 8:18 pm #

    KISS premise. There are studies to resolve all of these issues. Experts are those who work in their own field. Quit investigating. Quit forming comittees/ panels etc. Do something.

  5. Paul F. Taylor 13. Feb, 2014 at 10:35 am #

    I don’t see anywhere in these policy objectives any willingness to tackle the issue of what might be called ‘premature removal from the workforce’. Despite the fact that mandatory retirement is virtually no longer an issue per se, there are still far too many seniors being put out to pasture before their time. Many seniors not only WANT to continue working, but many also NEED to continue working. The LPC could do well to advocate for a benefit to corporations that not only make seniors welcome in the workplace, but also companies that actively seek to employ qualified seniors (full or part time) in positions where depth of experience is a demonstrated asset to those corporations. Why consign all that depth and experience to the pasture?

  6. 13. Feb, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    It is essential to identify the shortcomings in our work force and then to give incentives to the provinces so that programs to rectify the deficiency(s) may be carried out…since education is the province’s domain.

    It is also necessary to “strictly” monitor the temporary workers’ program as it is being grossly abused by Canadian corporations.

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