TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Tim Hudak should be pressing his big
business friends to invest in the Ontario economy and create good jobs,
but instead he's attacking workers with modest incomes and pensions - a
move that will only further hurt the economy, said OPSEU President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas today.
When income inequality is at historic highs, Ontarians are looking for
leaders who will grow the economy and share the wealth, not shrink the
economy and hoard an ever-growing pile of 'dead money', as seems to be
Hudak's policy, Thomas said following yet another Hudak attack on
"Here's Ontario's biggest problem: as long as there is not enough money
in workers' pockets, Ontario's economy will continue to limp along,"
Hudak said yesterday that if elected Premier of Ontario, he would
further cut the public service. In fact, said Thomas, jobs for critical
services such as drinking water inspection remain unfilled.
"How could anyone propose further cuts to the public service when
Ontario has the lowest level of program spending per capita of any
province in Canada?" asks Thomas. "And those public service jobs are
what's holding many local economies together across Ontario.
"Hudak seems to say that people act for their community and society only
if they're paid to do so. OPSEU members do it because they believe in
family, friends and community. From the time Tim Hudak's mentor, Mike
Harris, started attacking public services, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
job numbers have dropped about 10 per cent. OPSEU's OPS membership is
down more than a third.
"This is why I don't agree with him. His description of public services
disrespects hard-working Ontarians who have devoted their entire
working lives to their communities. My motivation for coming to work
each day is simple - to build a better province.
"I invite Tim to publically debate the issues with me based on facts
rather than spin. The numbers are clear. Public services are declining
with OPS management jobs suffering the least and front line services
and workers suffering most," said Thomas.
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas 613-329-1931