Despite the preoccupation of the recent federal election campaign with economic issues, no attention was paid to the Macdonald Commission’s study of the Canadian economy. It’s clear that hyped-up election campaigns fail to do justice to the real issues facing Canada. Whatever we or the new government may think of the work being done by this particular commission, its format should provide an opportunity for a competent group of people to do their work away from the headlines and thereby make a significant contribution to the rethinking needed about our political and economic situation.
The Commission has held hearings and received submissions from groups across Canada, and its final report is expected some time in 1985. The Christian Labour Association presented its views about a number of economic and political issues in a 54-page submission to the Commission. The submission discusses the background to Canada’s economic difficulties, explains the Christian perspective out of which CLAC seeks to be active and suggests alternatives to current trends. Copies of this submission are available from CLAC, 821 Albion Rd., Rexdale, Ont. M9V 1A3.