CAW Campaigns to Stop a Conservative Majority

October 7, 2008


SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Please note that you will need a copy of Windows Media Player installed on your computer in order to view the following video file(s).

Download a Windows Media version (.wmv)

Download a compressed version (.zip)



CAW Campaigns To Stop A Conservative Majority
CAW Campaigns To Stop A Conservative Majority
dated October 7, 2008

Toronto, Ontario
October 7, 2008

       For weeks running up the October 14th federal election the Canadian Auto Workers union and its new president Ken Lewenza have been campaigning across Ontario to mobilize its members, activists and the general public to stop the Harper Conservatives from winning a majority government.


Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "In the spirit of solidarity, in the spirit of care for one another whether you are unionized, non unionized, public sector, private sector or small business person, we are in this together and together we can influence a progressive change that secures our country and provides higher expectations versus constant despair. Let's work together!"


       The CAW president stressed the need for strategic voting in every riding in the country.

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "And I say to the electorate on behalf of Canada, on behalf of the Canada that we want, think strategically next Tuesday and make sure that the Tories don't get re-elected on their shameful, shameful economic policies that are destroying our country."


       The union endorsed NDP candidate Mike Shields in Oshawa and a Liberal candidate Brian Fullard in Whitby.
       In Welland Malcolm Allen of the NDP was endorsed.
       In London the union endorsed incumbent NDP MP Irene Mathyssen, Liberal MPs Glen Pearson and Sue Barnes.
       In Kitchener, the CAW locals have endorsed Liberal candidate Orlando Da Silva.
       In Windsor the CAW endorsed both NDP incumbents MPs, Joe Comartin and Brian Masse.

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "All we are saying to our members in that riding is, as we get closer, as we get more information, and as you talk to your neighbours and friends as to where they are going, be smart, vote intelligently and don't reward Jeff Watson. And I think again that our members and our community recognize that a majority Tory government with Jeff Watson in Parliament will not help the economic and social conditions of Canada."


       The CAW has led the charge among the labour movement, in the fight to defeat the Conservative government, joined by progressives from across the country. In Toronto October 7th a mock funeral march for the 200,000 jobs lost during the Harper regime, was held outside the hotel where Harper was unveiling his economic plan; an economic plan that Lewenza says can't just be about last minute token support for manufacturing.

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "It's also about whether they are going to legislate fair trade versus free trade; it's whether they are going to say that Canadian companies are no longer up for sale to the highest bidders.
       So there are a lot of issues outside of dollars, but when you talk about $400 million in an economy that is being crushed that's peanuts. When you compare, again, our largest trading partner has provided the Big Three alone, the Big Three alone $25 billion to rehabilitate their plants."


       Lewenza called on working Canadians to make a difference on election day and defeat the Conservatives at the polls.

Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "We must put Stephen Harper on the unemployment line with the 200,000 manufacturing workers. We must put Jim Flaherty on the unemployment lines with the 200,000 manufacturing workers. We must put Colin Carrie on the unemployment line with 200,000 manufacturing workers."


CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.


Print Print  Send to a friend Send to a friend  Feedback Feedback