CUPE Ontario election bus to tour province - Campaign calls Liberals, Conservatives 'two sides of the same coin.

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Calling the McGuinty Liberals and the
Tory Conservatives 'two sides of the same coin', CUPE Ontario is launching its
own election campaign today with a touring bus that calls on voters to put
people first and vote NDP on October 10. The bus, which features caricatures
of Dalton McGuinty and John Tory on its sides, will tour Toronto and Hamilton
today, then visit towns and cities across the province in the month leading up
to the provincial election on October 10.
    "The McGuinty Government, along with the previous Conservative
government, has failed the people of Ontario. Our schools are in a financial
crises, tuition fees have soared and our cities are struggling under the
burden of downloaded provincial services," says Fred Hahn, Secretary Treasurer
of CUPE Ontario. "Our message is that the people of Ontario deserve better
government- government that invests our tax dollars into public services, not
private profits. And government that delivers strong public services- not
privatized services that lead to job losses and higher costs."
    Hahn says that CUPE Ontario is pushing for a provincial government that
will work to ensure schools, universities, social services, health care and
municipal services are adequately funded in order to properly meet the needs
of Ontarians. As well, the government needs to address Ontario's growing
poverty, stop loss of jobs, reverse increasing inequity, defend public
services and aggressively act on climate change.
    CUPE Ontario is proud that ten CUPE members are running for election as
NDP candidates. They include:

    Sid Ryan (Oshawa), President of CUPE Ontario
    Henry Bosch (St. Catherines) CUPE 1019, Niagara Paramedics
    Ric Dagenais (Ottawa-Vanier), CUPE National and former member of CUPE 503
    Henri Giroux (North Bay) CUPE 146, Cassellhome Home for the Aged
    John Grima (Essex) CUPE 82, City of Windsor
    Shalia Kibria (Mississauga Erindale) CUPE 1281, Ryerson Student Union
    Pauline Kulhmann (Leeds Grenville) CUPE 5666, Brockville General Hospital
    Nigel Moses (Whitby Oshawa) CUPE 3902, University of Toronto
    Antoni Shelton (York West), CUPE Ontario, Assistant to the President
    Catherine Robinson, CUPE 2936, Ajax-Pickering Association of Community
    Living (ACL), likely to be acclaimed as the NDP candidate in Durham.

    "We compared the track records of all the parties and only the NDP
champions public services-everything from publicly funded and delivered health
care to public hydro generation and renewable power," says Hahn. "It is the
only party that has pledged to help financially strapped cities by paying for
the services that were downloaded by the province. And they have made a
commitment to address issues important to working families including growing
inequality, growing poverty and the need for action on climate change."

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer, (416) 540-3979

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