Election 2008 Archives

Election 2008

September 29, 2008

Building An Inclusive and Accessible Canadian Transportation System

Accessibility standards are a thing of the past for Canada's federal transport system. Voluntary codes of practice are the current Canadian way. The result: travel denied. Once a world leader in accessibility, Canadian access levels fall below other developed countries. CCD seeks the adoption of the US regulatory accessibility model and utilization of US Access Board guidelines and expertise. The disability community's National Action Plan on Disability includes a focus on transportation access. "We are hoping that all the Federal Parties will commit to working with the disability community to regulate the federal transportation system for access," states Marie White, CCD Chairperson. Read more.

September 22, 2008

Access to Justice: A Disability Issue

CCD has been calling on all Federal Political Parties to commit to the reinstatement of the Court Challenges Program. To date, the Liberal, NDP, Bloc and Green Parties have agreed to reinstate it if elected. The Conservative Party has not indicated a willingness to alter its course on this issue. Read more.

September 19, 2008

Harper Announcement on Disability Falls Short of National Action Plan

The Conservatives have missed the point that Canadians with disabilities have been making for the last thirty-five years. We don't want to be looked after; we want to be contributing members of society. The Canadian community of persons with disabilities has presented the Conservative Party, indeed all the Parties, with the National Action Plan on Disability that outlines new initiatives geared to assist people with disabilities become contributing, participating members of Canadian society, enjoying their full citizenship. Read more.

September 18, 2008

Waiting to Be Tax Payers

Having a job, gives many Canadians with disabilities the financial means to develop the lifestyle they want, feelings of personal satisfaction and contribution, a personal network of friends and colleagues, as well as many other benefits unique to the individual. The disability community has created a National Action Plan on Disability, which provides a short and long term strategy, that among other initiatives will get people with disabilities working and paying taxes. Read more.

September 15, 2008

Disability in Canada Means Living In Poverty

Did you know that a disproportionate number of Canadians with disabilities live in poverty? Each of the Parties has a different strategy for addressing poverty. Read more.

September 12, 2008

Letter to Bloc Québécois

September 12, 2008

Letter to Green Party of Canada

September 10, 2008

Election 2008 and Canadians with Disabilities

Building an Inclusive and Accessible Canada starts with ensuring that all, regardless of disability, are able to exercise their democratic right—the right to vote. CCD is calling on all Parties to commit to: alleviating the poverty of persons with disabilities, establishing specific participation targets for persons with disabilities within Labour Market Agreements reached with the provinces, and making Canada more accessible. Read more.

September 1, 2008

What Federal Election Candidates Need to Know About: Access & Canadians with Disabilities

Canadians with disabilities want An Accessible and Inclusive Canada. This is a Canada where people with all types of disabilities can go to school, get good jobs, pay taxes, raise families and participate in community activities. Read more.

September 1, 2008

What Federal Election Candidates Need to Know About: Disability-related Supports

An appropriately targeted investment in disability-related supports would change the lives of Canadians with disabilities. It would assist us participate in early learning and childcare, become educated and employed, live more independently, and look after our families. Read more.

September 1, 2008

What Federal Election Candidates Need to Know About: The Labour Market and Canadians with Disabilities

The Government of Canada must become a model employer both in its hiring practices and its accommodation of disability. People with disabilities have the requisite skills and abilities for a range of positions. Read more.

September 1, 2008

What Federal Election Candidates Need to Know About: Poverty and Canadians with Disabilities

The poverty of Canadians with disabilities is a national disgrace: Canadians with disabilities and their families are twice as likely to live in poverty as other Canadians and the incidence of poverty among First Nations and Aboriginal People with disabilities is even higher. The disability community has developed short- and long-term plans for addressing the poverty of Canadians with disabilities. Share these with candidates. Read more.

September 1, 2008

Questions for Candidates

Canadians once again are being asked to go to the polls. Election 2008 presents an opportunity for Canadians with disabilities to raise their issues. Each Federal Election, CCD and its members educate candidates about needed disability policy reform. This Election, we are asking candidates to support the National Action Plan on Disability. Presently, at the Federal level, social policy appears to be homeless. CCD wants all Parties to present their social policy platform and vision for Canada. CCD has prepared some questions that people with disabilities and their allies may want to pose to candidates about issues of importance to the disability community. Read more.