Union Shocked by Decision to Prorogue Parliament
December 8, 2008
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Union Shocked By Decision to Prorogue Parliament
dated December 4, 2008
| Toronto, Ontario|
December 4, 2008
The Canadian Auto Workers union joined the Communications Energy and Paperworkers union and the United Steel Workers at a press conference in Toronto December 4, interrupted by news that the Governor General of Canada had prorogued Parliament for two months. The union leaders were in the midst of urging support for the formation of the Coalition government of the Liberals and the NDP with the support of the Bloc Quebecois.
| Ken Lewenza|
"This is a sad day for democracy. The majority of the House does not have the confidence in the existing government. And to think that the Governor General can prolong this insane economic insecurity driven by Stephen Harper and Jim Flaherty is wrong headed. "
Dave Coles, president of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union said Canada now has no legal government and ordinary Canadians will suffer.
| Dave Coles|
"I think it is a very sad day for democracy in Canada. I mean it is now a "coup d'état". We have a government that doesn't have the right to govern. It doesn't have the majority support of the House. It would be fair to say that I am disappointed but he is going to have to pay for this.We now have a government that has avoided Parliament and I think that not only will Canadian be disappointed, many of them will lose their jobs as a result of these actions today."
Lewenza condemned Harper for playing politics instead of concentrating on the economic crisis which is vitally important to all Canadians.
| Ken Lewenza|
"Obviously what Mr. Harper wanted in terms of prolonging the House was an opportunity to go out to Canadians in a campaign style process, talking about why he should be the Prime Minister versus the coalition government. And that is politicking. That's talking about his strength versus Dion's and Layton's combined strength. That's not what Canadians want today. Canadians want us to talk about Canadian industry, Canadian jobs and the Canadian economy."
The unions representing over 680,000 workers had earlier condemned Harper for using separatism in his justification to cling to power. They vowed to continue fight to protect Canadian workers, their jobs and the Canadian economy.
CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.