Building Trades Council affiliates provide vast majority of Working
Families Coalition funds supporting Liberals and then reap millions in
taxpayer-funded benefits, yet stay mysteriously in shadows, Working
Families Coalition Watch charges
TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - A new organization seeking to uncover close
links between Building Trades Council-affiliated unions, the Ontario Liberals
and millions of dollars in taxpayer funds was launched today.
The links, which come together through the so-called Working Families
Coalition (WFC), are being placed under a spotlight by the newly-created
Working Families Coalition Watch. Through information posted on a
newly-unveiled website, www.workingfamiliescoalitionwatch.ca, the organization
seeks to spur further investigation of the facts - including Building Trades
Council-friendly legislation and generous funding of their affiliates'
programs - during the upcoming provincial election campaign.
"It is wrong for Liberal Party members and their supporters to organize a
$5-million attack fund to get McGuinty re-elected but not have to answer to
Elections Ontario for their finances, or to the people of Ontario for their
real agenda," said 26-year old Anas Melhem of Toronto, explaining why he
created the website. "This is all the more important when legislation
favourable to the Building Trades Council unions and millions of dollars in
taxpayer funds are involved."
"I want to create a forum for people to get the real facts about the
coalition and give them the tools so that they can ask questions of their
local candidates, and to judge for themselves," Melhem added. "McGuinty is
always talking about an accountable and transparent government. I am holding
him to his word."
For example, approximately 88% of the funding for the WFC comes from
Building Trades Council-affiliated unions, according to a recent news report.
But not one word on the WFC website deals with construction issues.
Working Families Coalition Watch is asking Ontarians to get involved by
providing information on the flow of funds to WFC along with the Building
Trades' political links. Information should be sent to
"By shedding light on the facts, we can and will make a positive
contribution to transparency in our politicians' agendas during this
campaign," Melhem said.
In a recent development, Elections Ontario has warned WFC that it would
not register the group as a "third party" under that name.
For further information:
For further information: Anas Melhem, (416) 550-3415,