CAW Council Throws Supports Behind BC NDP in Upcoming Election
April 22, 2009, 9:04 AM EST
Over 800 CAW Council delegates voted unanimously in favour of a recommendation to support the NDP in the May 12 British Columbia provincial elections.
Delegates representing CAW workplaces in the B.C., as well as others from across the country, spoke on the anti-union track record of the current Gordon Campbell Liberal government and the need to stop the government from winning a third consecutive term.
The Campbell government's agenda over the past nine years has represented the worst of neo-liberal economic and social policies, said CAW British Columbia Area Director Anne Davidson.
"The Campbell government has left the statutory minimum wage unchanged since getting elected to office, which has hurt so many workers across the province," Davidson said. "On top of that, this government has promoted an agenda of aggressive tax cuts, massive public service downsizing and privatization, resulting in the closing of schools and hospitals and contributing to the erosion of important public infrastructure."
The recommendation also calls on CAW members to support the B.C. Federation of Labour's 'Count Me In' campaign. The campaign is designed to educate union members about the importance of politics in their communities and workplaces and encourages worker-to-worker dialogue on key election issues within each constituency.
Unlike many other jurisdictions in Canada, the political landscape in B.C. has historically been dominated by two parties: the Liberals (who govern more as right-wing conservatives) and the NDP. Not only is supporting the NDP the right choice for workers in the province, it compliments the CAW's position on strategic voting, Davidson said.
More information on the Count Me In campaign can be found at: http://www.bcfed.ca/issues/politicalaction