Unions and environment groups join ranks to challenge Hudak's attack on Ontario energy legislation

OTTAWA, Sept. 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Environmental groups, a provincial labour federation and six national unions representing close to 1 million workers in Ontario have released a statement challenging Ontario Conservative leader Tim Hudak's attack on Ontario's Green Energy and Economy Act.

The statement, signed by the Canadian Auto Workers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, Canadian Youth Climate Coalition, Climate Action Network, Green Communities Canada, National Union of Public General Employees, Ontario Federation of Labour, Polaris Institute, Public Service Alliance of Canada and the United Steel Workers, is intended to let Mr. Hudak know organized labour and environmental groups are greatly concerned if Mr. Hudak is elected and kills the legislation, that Ontario would be taking a giant step backward.

The joint statement asserts that "Mr. Hudak's recent attacks, which appear to be aimed at killing this legislation, are irresponsible," and that the "Green Energy & Economy Act is one important step forward in building a fair and sustainable future." The groups also emphasize that improvements are needed saying: "if this Act is to serve in making an effective and smooth transition to a green economy future, then a much higher percentage of public and community ownership is required."

The signatories are all members of the Green Economy Network.

Read the statement here: http://greeneconomynet.ca/section/4

SOURCE POLARIS INSTITUTE

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