TORONTO, March 20, 2013 /CNW/ - Award-winning Canadian film and
television director Bruce McDonald is sending a message to Ontario PC
leader Tim Hudak about that party's plans for the province's unions.
McDonald's latest short film, a comedy called No Free Ride, takes issue with a PC proposal to allow workers in union shops to
receive the benefits of collective bargaining without paying dues.
"Maybe younger people coming up don't understand the history of how
things got to be so good here in Ontario," said McDonald. "If it's
going to continue to be good, I think there's still a fight to be had."
The film was developed and funded by the Ontario Public Service
Employees Union as a way to educate union members about Hudak's
proposal, said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
"Most Ontarians reject the kind of extremism we're seeing with Hudak as
Tory leader, but my great concern is that voters may not be fully aware
of the policies he has been proposing," said Thomas. "No Free Ride is meant to inform union members about a matter that directly affects
them and their families."
The message of No Free Ride is a moral one, Thomas said.
"For the life of me I can't figure out why a guy like Tim Hudak, who
calls himself a conservative, would propose a law that allows anyone to
get something for nothing," he said. "It just shows you how far the PCs
have strayed from their real roots."
No Free Ride features performances from ACTRA members Sean Baek, Aaron Abrams, and
Hannah Cheesman. It is available online at www.nofreeride.ca.
For further information:
Warren (Smokey) Thomas (613) 329-1931