Questionable Social Conservative Group Cited By Media
- Some of BC’s biggest media outlets are presenting a dubious social
conservative think tank as experts on labour agreements
the deal with the think tank cited in British Columbia media reports attacking
the BC government’s new Community Benefits Agreement?
unveiled a new Community Benefits Agreement that will
prioritize hiring and training for local workers who live in the communities
where public infrastructure projects are being built – including roads, bridges
and other construction projects.
the plan, the province will create a new Crown Corporation to hire and dispatch
local workers. The plan also creates new apprenticeship and training
opportunities for young or unskilled workers, prioritizes training and hiring
opportunities for women and Indigenous workers and promotes good wages for
deal is backed by many stakeholder groups in BC,
including unions and local construction companies. “This is a
great day for B.C. workers! A new CBA framework means opportunities for local
workers, apprentices, women and Indigenous workers!” — Community Benefits Coalition of
news coverage at multiple BC outlets, including the Vancouver Sun,
CHEK News and the Daily Hive
cited a critical report published by an obscure right-wing think tank with
group, identified as “Cardus” defines itself as a “non-partisan, faith-based think
tank” that exists to promote a “flourishing society,” according to its press release.
a closer look at the organization, will show the think tank and its experts
spend an awful lot of time attacking abortion laws, criticizing same-sex marriage,
resisting “sexual revolutionaries”
and promoting regressive social policies.
just a quick snapshot of some of the think tank’s latest research:
report, titled “Marriage is good for your health,”
claims the traditional institution of marriage has numerous “health
advantages,” including “quicker recovery from illness” and “better odds of
surviving a heart attack” while an additional report
claims common law relationships can lead to “negative health outcomes” –
neither report is authored by a medical doctor.
the International Monetary Fund of “coercing Canadian mothers into the
workforce” by calling for childcare investments,
while other reports
argue social assistance for single mothers gives them an incentive to never get
the social conservative think tank, which says it is called upon to uphold the
free market, calls on unions to stop focusing on
collective bargaining and organize social activities for
their members instead.
is who BC’s biggest media outlets are trotting out as experts?
to their report, Cardus claims the Community Benefits Agreement could
cause public infrastructure costs to rise “anywhere from two to 25 percent” or
“$512 million to $6.4 billion” – a pretty wild guesstimate, especially
considering academics have suggested such a straight “dollars and cents” estimate
does not make sense.
a question of “morality,” the social conservative think tank argues companies
bidding on public contracts should face no restrictions whatsoever.
the report does not discuss the “morality” of rewarding companies that pay workers wages below industry averages or
exploit temporary foreign workers to
avoid paying local workers a fair wage, both of which are
addressed by the new agreement.
does they have much to say about the “morality” of hiring companies that
will send that money offshore rather than reinvesting it in BC’s local
communities, something that is also addressed by the new agreement. Their
silence speaks volumes.