CAW and Progressives Work to Stop Harper

October 9, 2008


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CAW and Progressives Work To Stop Harper
CAW and Progressives Work To Stop Harper
dated October 9, 2008

Toronto, Ontario
October 9, 2008

       At a press conference in Toronto October 9 the Canadian Auto Workers and seven progressive groups joined forces to speak out about why stopping a Stephen Harper government must be a top priority. CAW president Ken Lewenza said his union is committed to voting strategically to defeat the Conservatives in the federal election on October 14th.


Ken Lewenza
CAW President

       "Those that are working today are feeling incredibly insecure in the manufacturing sector. And the 200,000 people who have lost their jobs wake up every morning worrying about the next day. So Mr. Harper's economic policies have shifted our members' thought process to whether they are going to have a future, whether their families are going to have a future and whether they are going to be able to provide for their families."


       From the climate change to poverty, to treatment of the First Nations peoples to economics and trade policies, each of the speakers said that the Harper government has failed Canadians.

David Martin
Greenpeace Canada

       "In this election Greenpeace and the Sierra Club have called on Canadians to vote for the environment, and frankly that means anybody but Stephen Harper. The four opposition parties, the new democrats, the Liberals, the Greens and the Bloc Quebecois have all adopted our Kyoto plus targets of 25% below 1990 levels by 2020."


Marvyn Novick
Child Poverty advocate

       "Canadians are ready to meet the challenge of poverty reduction but we have a socially heartless Prime Minister and a socially heartless government that stands in the way."


Chief Isadore Day
Serpent River First Nation

       "So far the apology has been nothing more than descriptive words void of meaningful follow-up and retribution. There has been absolutely no meaningful political focus from Mr. Harper to begin corrective this travesty. Let me remind the Prime Minister that real apologies are sustained by acts of amending wrongs and efforts of correcting wrong doing."


Ricken Patel
Exec. Dir. Avaaz.ca

       "We are drawing on our membership and on-line communities to call on everybody to cross party lines, come together and vote for the candidate most likely to defeat the Conservative."


       Each organization is using the internet to build support to defeat Harper. Avaaz.ca is getting over a million visits each week and voteforEnviroment.ca is getting 50,000 a day.

Alice Klein
Voteforenvironment.ca

       "The people are definitely using the site to inform themselves about how to vote strategically in those riding in which a strategic vote makes a difference."


       Polls show that strategic voting has the potential to defeat the Harper government. Avaaz.ca has launched a nation-wide newspaper campaign aimed at defeating the Conservatives.

Ricken Patel
Exec. Dir. Avaaz.ca

       "Canadians are shocked at the irresponsible record of the Harper government on climate change. He is far out of step with the views and values of a large majority of Canadians and we don't recognize our country under this leader. Stephen Harper had Canada voted the worst country in the world on climate change at the U.N. negotiations in Bali."


CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.


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