Changes to the Labour Relations Act, 1995
Bill 66 would “deem municipalities and certain local boards, school boards, hospitals, colleges, universities and public bodies to be non-construction employers.” This would quash bargaining rights that currently bind certain public and quasi-public sector entities. Going forward, these entities would be exempt from the provisions of the Labour Relations Act, 1995 pertaining to the construction industry. As a result of this change:
“[t]rade unions that represent employees of these employers who are employed, or who may be employed, in the construction industry no longer represent those employees.”
“[a]ny collective agreement in this sector is no longer valid in so far as it applies to the construction industry.”
This change is significant, as the collective bargaining regime in the construction industry is quite different and generally more onerous for employers. Perhaps the greatest beneficiary of this change will be non-unionized construction contractors that will now have the opportunity to bid for work on projects owned or controlled by the affected entities.
A number of groups were targeted as enemies or outsiders. They included Jews, Roma (Gypsies), homosexuals, and political dissidents. Also targeted were Germans viewed as genetically inferior and harmful to “national health,” such as people with mental illness and intellectual or physical disabilities.
The use of propaganda and laws to define the enemy as a cohesive group was a key factor in achieving the goals of the Nazi regime.
These campaigns incited hatred or cultivated indifference to it. They were particularly effective in creating an atmosphere tolerant of violence against Jews.
Although not targeting specific races the Donald Trump Presidency with the continuing use of “Fake News” and “Lies” is NO LESS DANGEROUS TO THE FREEDOM OF THE PEOPLE, unless we recognize it for what it is we could be doomed to repeat a very DARK TIME in the past century!
Creating a Propaganda Ministry
Creating a Propaganda Ministry was a novel idea for a country at peace. Governmental propaganda organizations had tended to be temporary committees necessitated by war or disguised as ministries of information. Indeed, Goebbels initially opposed the term propaganda, recognizing that in popular usage, both in Germany and abroad, it was associated with lies.
Even after the ministry had been in existence for a year, he proposed changing its name to Ministry of Culture and Public Enlightenment, but Hitler vetoed this proposal. In addition, in keeping with his governing style of establishing ministries with overlapping responsibilities, Hitler retained propaganda offices that fell under others’ control, including those of the ministries of Foreign Affairs and of Education. Even in the realm of culture and the arts, Goebbels’s authority was far from absolute; Hitler, Nazi leader Hermann Göring, ideologue Alfred Rosenberg, and others created their own separate areas.
“The Propaganda Ministry aimed further to control the content of news and editorial pages through directives distributed in daily conferences in Berlin and transmitted via the Nazi Party propaganda offices to regional or local papers. Detailed guidelines stated what stories could or could not be reported and how to report the news. Journalists or editors who failed to follow these instructions could be fired or, if believed to be acting with intent to harm Germany, sent to a concentration camp. Rather than suppressing news, the Nazi propaganda apparatus instead sought to tightly control its flow and interpretation and to deny access to alternative sources of news.”
As President Trump continues to lie day after day and then deny what he said when it is readily available from his own Twitter feed or on video from Youtube it sounds reminiscent of a bygone era when the “Press was the enemy of the people!”