PORT ELGIN, ON and TORONTO, April 30 /CNW/ - Approximately 700 elected
CAW delegates from across the country supported the call for a final
push to prevent the election of a Conservative majority in Monday's
federal election and limit the number of Conservative-held seats. The
discussion and subsequent vote took place at a meeting of the CAW
Council, the parliamentary body of the union, in Port Elgin, Ontario.
"We are extremely encouraged by the rise of the NDP in the opinion
polls, and by the modest erosion of Conservative support," Lewenza
said. "The NDP platform of reversing corporate tax cuts to invest in
health care, pensions, and the environment, is both progressive and
"But that doesn't change the fact that the Harper Conservatives could
still be on the cusp of winning a majority, and that would result in
tremendous harm in our social fabric."
"We have to make sure on May 2 that the Conservatives do not win a
majority, and that's what should guide our strategy in each riding,"
CAW Council delegates reaffirmed the union's election strategy, which
has focused on preventing a Conservative majority and supporting
The CAW, after consulting with local leadership and activists, has
endorsed 44 NDP candidates in winnable ridings, including all incumbent
NDP Members of Parliament. The CAW is also supporting 34 Liberal
candidates in identified close ridings, where they have the best chance
of defeating the Conservative, as well as Green Party leader Elizabeth
May in Saanich-Gulf Islands.
Several CAW members are running as NDP candidates, including incumbents
Malcolm Allen (Welland) and Peter Stoffer (Sackville-Eastern Shore), as
well as Peggy Nash (Parkdale-High Park) and Local 222 President Chris
Buckley (Oshawa). Former CAW Quebec Director Luc Desnoyers is running
for re-election for the Bloc Québecois in Rivière-des-Mille-Îles.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
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