Which way for Ontario? A presentation by National Representative, Angelo DiCaro

August 23, 2011


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CAW Ontario Election Leadership Meeting
CAW Ontario Election Leadership Meeting
dated: August 23, 2011

Toronto, Ontario
August 23, 2011

      

Toronto, Ontario
August 23, 2011


Angelo DiCaro
CAW National Representative

       "This presentation provides some analysis on the current state of political affairs in Ontario. It also issues a clear unambiguous warning to our members and all Ontarians and that is the threat of a Tim Hudak conservative government being formed on October the seventh.

It is clear that Hudak's plan for change is guided by strict right wing orthodoxy and it means big trouble for progressive values and progressive movements in our province. So it is no surprise that the Changebook platform the Hudak is proposing to Ontarians is eerily similar to the common sense revolution. I definitely don't need to remind anyone in this room about the turmoil that Harris caused, most of you were on the front lines of that fight. Unfortunately nine years after we kicked him out of office we still in some ways are trying to undo the damage that he created. Hudak's strong showing in the polls suggests at least to me that Ontarians have kind of forgotten.

But hardline conservative values actually scare the crap out of a lot of people. But we have to understand how dangerously far away the Tories are from where we stand. So what he is proposing is; three and a half billion dollars of tax cuts, over six billion in new health spending. Two and a half billion in new education spending over top of the promises the Liberals have all ready made and what they are promising to do is take a seventeen billion dollar provincial deficit and actually eliminate it faster than what the Liberals are proposing. So effectively it just simply doesn't add up.

We have to focus critical attention on Hudak's platform because it does not make sense and we have to make sure that everyone in the province knows it doesn't make sense. This is the province we want to build, a province that creates and protects jobs, a province that enables stakeholders to work together to build a caring economy not just about asking corporations what makes them feel good but everybody who is a part of this economy. Reducing and eradicating poverty and inequality, protecting our environment, enhancing public services and pensions, confronting discrimination and being inclusive.

There is no question that this is going to be a political dogfight and Queens Park, the way it looks, is completely up for grabs. We cannot afford to turn back the clock, going back to a time of anti worker policies under Harris and now Hudak. There is a real threat that this guy is going to win and we have to do everything we can to stop him. And one of the things, and I put it in bold, we need to vote. We need our members to vote."



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