CAW President Visits Oakville, Rallies Members for Federal Election

September 29, 2008, 12:00 PM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza will be in Oakville this evening laying out the union's platform of strategic voting with the goal of preventing a Stephen Harper Conservative majority.

"Stopping a Stephen Harper majority is one of the most important challenges progressive Canadians have ever faced," said Lewenza. The meeting, meant to mobilize CAW members for the election, will be Lewenza's first visit to Oakville as the union's new national president.

Pre-election Rally

Today: Monday September 29, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

GTA West - Oakville, Brampton, Toronto

Location: CAW Local 707 Hall

475 North Service Road East , Oakville, ON   L6H 1A6

In the Greater Toronto Area, the CAW is endorsing an 'ABC' voting strategy (Anyone But Conservative) in all ridings with the exception of Toronto's Parkdale-High Park.

In Parkdale-High Park, the CAW is endorsing NDP MP and NDP industry critic Peggy Nash. Nash, the former assistant to both previous CAW presidents Bob White and Buzz Hargrove, was instrumental in stopping the sale of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates' space division to U.S. arms manufacturer Alliant Techsystems back in April and has been an exceptional advocate of working people, said Lewenza.

The recent economic downturn and government inaction are top concerns for CAW members in the western Greater Toronto Area as the region has been recently hit with a string of lay-offs and job loss announcements. This includes shift reductions at the Brampton Chrysler assembly plant (1100 jobs) and the Ford Oakville assembly plant (a possible 450 jobs), the closure of custom mouldings manufacturer Polywheels in Oakville in July (250 jobs), the closure of bottle manufacturer Owens Illinois (formerly Consumer Glass) as of tomorrow (430 jobs) and the closure announcement of John Deere (800 jobs) in Welland which will take effect next year.

The meeting is part of a leadership election tour by Lewenza to various communities across Ontario over the next two weeks. For more information on the tour, please visit:

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