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By Grassroots are the way forward (registered) | Posted February 09, 2009 at 23:28:56

LL: You bring up some very good points. Yes most people do sort of cringe at the thought of "leftist" ideals, until, the situation warrants it. People go on about the social safety until they are the ones that need it.

Maybe if people just forget about the left/right paradigm and focus in on the issues such as you pointed out. Why do the elite hold so much power and have the ability to direct policy even when that policy is detrimental to either the people or the environment.

I do not like the fact that the chamber of commerce holds as much power as it does, as their voice does not represent the people. They are a fee paying organization and some of their members as such as the temp companies contribute to the growing levels of poverty by denying stat holiday pay, overtime, access to EI and WSIB benefits, pay low wages and people do not have access to medical benefits, no real security, they can be dismissed in a wink of a eye.

You are right, organizing is the key, it is the people that need to organize to get their voices out into the public domain. It is best to change things at a local level, this where the people have the most power to change things. People need to get involved into whatever issue drives them, whether it is poverty, the environment, there all sorts of issues out there. People need to become involved in the political process, maybe it is time to have more public forums, in order to engage the people.

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