CAW Targets Flaherty In Fight For National Childcare

Toronto, Ontario

June 14, 2008


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The CAW joined with representatives of the Canadian Labour Congress, the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare and other labour unions, as hundreds of demonstrators gathered at federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's Whitby office, June 14th, to protest the Harper government's decision to cancel a proposed national childcare program and replace it with a $100 a month childcare allowance cheque.
Barb Byers
Vice President CLC

"We're here today to deliver a message to Jim Flaherty that their $100 a month is not childcare."





Carol Phillips
Assistant to CAW President

"We're here to say today, "Mr. Flaherty, this is not good enough for our children and our grand children. This is not good enough for working families. This is not good enough for single parents." As I would say to my grand daughter if she had behaved badly, Mr. Flaherty you need a time out."
Various labour and social activists joined in the protest over the cancelling of the proposed national childcare program. Julie White, CAW Director of Women's Programs said the CAW will continue its fight for childcare at the grass roots level.

Julie White
CAW Dir. Women's Programs

"What we are doing as a union and will continue to do is to take that fight on during the next federal election. We'll be knocking on doors. We will be handing out leaflets. We'll be organizing and mobilizing our members across the country to fight for a national childcare program."
Hemi Mitic. Assistant to CAW President Buzz Hargrove said Flaherty and the Harper government has its priorities all wrong.

Hemi Mitic
Assistant to CAW President

"This is a minister who advocates spending $100 million dollars of taxpayers money to run a railway passenger service through his town and at the same time says we don't have tax payers money to provide for childcare, organized childcare, non-profit childcare. This is simply unacceptable and it is a sad legacy of any government when they can't step up to the plate and provide decent childcare for families who need it."
Following the protest, Carol Phillips, assistant to CAW President Buzz Hargrove said the union will carry the fight into the next federal election.

Carol Phillips
Assistant to CAW President

"We have given Flaherty a very strong message that we are not happy with this government's record on childcare. We are going to be targeting him in the next election. Flaherty has not delivered on a host of issues for working families in this country, not the least of which is his total betrayal of the manufacturing workers in this country; the lack of a manufacturing strategy. He started off by betraying the children of this country by cancelling what had been thirty years in the making. A childcare program that would have been the beginnings of a new social program like healthcare."

CAW "Fighting Back Makes a Difference."


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