Day of Action - St Catharines

St. Catharines, ON

May 6, 1998


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Day of Action - St Catharines
dated May 6, 1998

Day of Action - St Catharines
The pickets went up shutting down GM and auto parts plants in St Catharines. People arrived by the busloads from throughout the Niagara peninsula, and Southern Ontario. Over five thousand strong, they gathered in this southern Ontario community to deliver a message to Mike Harris and his Tory government.

Downtown St. Catharines was shut down, as thousands of protestors marched through the heart of the city in a display of solidarity. The march ended at Montebello Park where labour leaders and community activists condemned the actions of the Harris Government in slashing education, health care, and social services. CAW National President Buzz Hargrove warned people not to be fooled by Harris.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"Brothers and sisters don't buy this argument that we don't have the money. We are producing more wealth today in this province than in any other time in our history. The question is, the question is what are our choices going to be? Is it to support the people of this province or the corporate elite and the wealthy? "

This was the tenth Day of Action in the last two and a half years. Harris termed it foolish; Hargrove had a different opinion.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"I was asked by the media, is this a success today. Well I believe that anytime that the community comes together, that working people, through a deliberate and conscious decision to take a day off and give up a day's pay to protest what's happening to their friends, their neighbors and their communities, that that's a major success for the ordinary citizens of this province and I want to congratulate you."

The fight against the Harris government is far from over and the Day of Action protests will continue until Harris is defeated at the polls.

Buzz Hargrove
CAW National President
"We're going to go to Kingston on June the 8th, and we're going to go to a province wide shut down in the fall. We have to continue. We're locked out of government. It's an elitist group of people that are in government today, people who represent a small wealthy, powerful elitist group. We have to represent people who have no voice and the only way you do that is through these kind of community activities."


CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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