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Hyshka
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Post Draft - Key Messages
on: October 12, 2011, 12:09

KEY MESSAGES:
Comments:

- line on women paid less than men.
- Add crony in front of capitalism (didn't take this one)
- Change 'I think all Albertans line)
- Expand the point on oil.
- Like the oil not run government line.
- RBC/Greece connection (didn't include)
- Can we really take oil out of politics (didn't include I think this is
generally understood statement)
- Add bullet point about debt/foreclosures
- Add that corporations are destroying environment

*Key Messages:*

- We stand in solidarity with people across Canada and across the planet
oppressed by an unjust system that works against the 99% of us.
- We want corporate interests out of our government. We seek to build an inclusive world where all people have the power to make the decisions for
their own lives.
- We want a system that works for not against the 99% of us. We want to end the unequal, unfair, and growing disparity our communities are facing and an end to the exploitation and rampant destruction of the environment.
We seek a system that provides economic security, genuine equality, and the protection of the environment for all.
- Capitalism and/or corporate greed are killing us. Corporate interests are infecting our political institutions and dictating public policy and are decimating the environment. They put profits above the health and well being of our communities and that process needs to end. We are many and we have many concerns, the system is broken and we demand change.
- While oil may run your car it shouldn’t run your government. In Alberta we know far too well how oil interests are dictating and infecting public policy. We want the oil out of politics.
- While corporations like Exxon post record profits the rest of us
struggle with ever increasing debts. Women still get paid less than men for the same work. Poverty and homelessness continue to grow in our communities. Our futures are chained by a system that prioritizes the interests of the few over the many. It’s time that we had a system that works for the 99% of us.

http://occupyedmonton.org/doc/Draft-KeyMessages.docx

Hyshka
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Posts: 39
Post Re: Draft - Key Messages
on: October 12, 2011, 12:10

still nothing there about the financial system.
notes:
- Gouges us with fees and high interest to support their massive gambling
where profits are given to the rich and losses are given to the 99%
- Predatory credit used to ever expand the gap between us and the 1%
- Get the money out of politics message, end the open door for the financial
sector at the PMO.

-Mike T

Hyshka
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Posts: 39
Post Re: Draft - Key Messages
on: October 12, 2011, 12:37

Good background article on income inequality speaking point:

Canada's top 100 CEO's made an average of $6.6 million in 2009 compared with average income of the rest of us being $42,988 and average minimum-wage income of $19.877.
In 1998, the best-paid 100 CEOs garnered an average 104 times more than the average Canadian wage earner. By 2009, that had climbed to 155 times more than the average earner.
Third of all income growth in Canada in the past two decades went to the richest 1 per cent of Canadians.
By about 2:30 on Jan. 3, the average of the 100 best-paid public company CEOs in Canada already pocketed what it would take a Canadian working full-time, all year to earn

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At current pay rates, Canada’s highest-paid chief executive officers(http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/recession-proof) will earn the equivalent of the average Canadian annual wage by 2:30 p.m. ET Monday - the first working day of the year, a new study says.

The paper, by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, examined 2009 compensation levels(http://www.policyalternatives.ca/newsroom/updates/ceo-pay-recession-proof) for Canada’s best paid 100 CEOs. It found they pocketed an average of $6.6-million, despite the recession, compared with the average income of $42,988 and the average minimum-wage worker’s income of $19,877.

2011 equities strategy(http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/video/2011-equities-strategy/article1845481/?from=1855906)

The gap appears to be widening. In 1998, the best-paid 100 CEOs garnered an average 104 times more than the average Canadian wage earner. By 2009, that had climbed to 155 times more than the average earner.

At this rate of reward, “by about 2:30 on Jan. 3, the average of the 100 best-paid public company CEOs in Canada already pocketed what it would take a Canadian working full-time, all year to earn,” said the study’s author and CCPA research associate Hugh Mackenzie.

The results may be understating the trend, he added. Due to changes in corporate reporting introduced in 2008, “we only have a conservative statistical estimate of the stock options that make up about one third of CEOs’ 2009 pay. The public will never know how much these CEOs actually got paid in 2009.”

These CEOs have $1.3-billion of stock options they haven’t yet cashed in. “That’s about $2 in future income for every $1 they declared in 2009.”

The findings comes a month after the CCPA released a study showing that a third of all income growth in Canada in the past two decades went to the richest 1 per cent of Canadians. Soaring executive compensation plays a role in the surge in income inequality, it said.

--Mike H

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