Ontario Election Leadership Strategy

April 23, 1999


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Ontario Election Leadership Strategy
Ontario Election Leadership Strategy
dated April 23, 1999

The CAW is mobilizing its members in Ontario to fight the anti-union Harris government. CAW National President Buzz Hargrove met with CAW local leadership in Windsor, St. Thomas and Toronto recently to outline what the union's strategy to defeat the Harris government, including the need for strategic voting.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"For the first time in our history, strategic voting. While we look at and analyze the ridings as we head into the election and we've done that. And a lot of you have attended meetings or will be attending meetings where we outline in more detail than today, the ridings where we believe, that we're going to support, if we have a chance of electing New Democratic party members.
And we're supporting all incumbent members. We do believe, that it's absolutely essential to have a stronger voice on the NDP in this next parliament as we can possibly get."

Hargrove stressed the need however to rally support behind the candidate best able to defeat the Tories in those ridings where the NDP are not the strongest.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President



"We're asking women, who have been most adversely affected by all the changes that the Harris government has made, to have a woman-on-woman campaign in hopes of being able to convince women that's not only being opposed but you have to get out and vote. And vote for the candidate who's most likely to defeat the sitting Tory member or to stop an aspiring Tory member in any riding in this province."


Despite polls that show the Harris government at 40 per cent, the combined efforts of all the unions members and strategic voting can defeat the Tory government.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President

"We're going to fight. Brothers and sisters, we have the ability to fight. I believe this is one of our most important fights we've gone in, in my lifetime. And that is this election, which will be in June, mark my words, of 1999. And I take great comfort that our leadership and our ability to mobilize to ensure that this group does not get rewarded with another four years."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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