Canadians Have Rejected Harper's Vision, says CAW President

    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - CAW President Ken Lewenza congratulated the
majority of Canadian voters who did not support Stephen Harper's uninspiring
right-wing vision for the country and held him to a minority government.
    "Despite shamelessly manipulating all the powers of incumbency, including
pre-election spending announcements and breaking his own law on fixed election
dates, Stephen Harper failed to achieve the majority mandate he and his party
were looking for," said Lewenza.
    "A large majority of Canadians oppose his vision for this country,"
Lewenza added. "This election has proven that Canadians do not endorse his
vision, which means Stephen Harper and his Conservatives will have to work
with the opposition parties, focusing on issues that matter most to
    Lewenza also congratulated CAW members Malcolm Allen who won for the NDP
in Welland, Luc Desnoyers who won the seat for the Bloc Quebecois in
Rivière-des-Mille-Iles, just north of Montreal and NDP MP Peter Stoffer who
won in the Sachville-Eastern Shore riding in Nova Scotia. Lewenza also thanked
former NDP MP Peggy Nash for her two and a half years of service and
progressive voice in the House of Commons, especially most recently as the
industry critic for the NDP.
    Lewenza noted that Harper ran an incredibly negative campaign which
failed to inspire Canadians, remarking that voter turn-out was at an all-time
    The CAW campaigned hard to prevent a Harper majority in this election,
with rallies, protests, newspaper ads and mass leaflet distribution. The union
urged Canadians to vote for the candidates with the best chance of defeating a
Conservative. This strategy resulted in CAW support for specified candidates
from all four of the opposition parties - including NDP candidates, some
Liberals, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and Bloc Québécois candidates in

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