CAW Joins the Fight Against BC Cuts

Victoria, British Columbia

March 8, 2002


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CAW Joins The Fight Against BC Cuts
CAW Joins The Fight Against BC Cuts
dated March 8, 2002

Victoria B.C.
February 23, 2002
       Over 400 CAW members joined the thousands of union and social activists protesting against the massive cuts by the Liberal government in British Columbia. Armed with the support in the polls of over 50 percent of the people in B.C. upset with both the speed and size of the cuts, representatives from all walks of life in the province voiced their demands to reverse the cuts.
       CAW member and the president of the B.C. Federation of Labour, Jim Sinclair, said the government should eliminate the tax cuts to the wealthy and return funding to where it is needed.

Jim Sinclair
Pres. B.C. Labour Council

       "We need to rescind the tax cuts to the wealthy and to the corporate sector and keep the services alive that we need in our community. And if we did that, we could employ everybody now taking care of the children in this province, and we could keep every hospital open, and every senior could have pharma-care and that is a good deal for us."

       The anger of the protestors over the dramatic slash and burn techniques of the Gordon Campbell Liberal government was loud and long throughout the rally, which brought traffic in Victoria to a stand still.
       Sinclair echoed the crowd's view that this is a fight to protect everyone in British Columbia.

Jim Sinclair
Pres. B.C. Labour Council

       "We are here today because we care deeply about this province. Because it is our futures that we are fighting for. And let's make no mistake about it, this is a fight over the future of our children, our community and our seniors. It is a fight for a British Columbia for everyone, not just for a British Columbia for the wealthy only."

       The fight back is continuing with labour affiliates in the province holding votes in the workplace against the cuts and rollbacks.
       Demonstrations in communities where hospitals and other government-funded services are being closed down will be held as well.

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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