ST. JOHN'S, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Danny
Williams today urged the 1000 delegates from the across the country to the CAW
Joint Council meeting to vote ABC - Anyone But Conservative - in the upcoming
Williams outlined his strong disappointment with Prime Minister Stephen
Harper's government and its relationship with Newfoundland and other provinces
regarding equalization payments and development of offshore oil resources,
calling Harper "not a man of his word." He was also very critical of the
Harper government's drastic cuts to women's and cultural programs.
Williams urged Canadians not to be "fooled into believing the federal
government's spin" while referring to the equalization payments and offshore
In his rousing speech, he underlined the importance of funding women's
organizations, living up to pay equity responsibilities, ending violence,
building a skilled workforce that includes training for women, often an
under-represented population in the skilled trades, according to Williams. He
also underscored the necessity of investing in youth, especially students who
may be saddled by debt. Currently Newfoundland and Labrador has the lowest
tuition fees in the country.
CAW President Buzz Hargrove called Williams' speech extremely progressive
and the first time any Conservative leader has ever addressed the CAW Council,
the parliament of the union.
The CAW delegates, who represent 265,000 CAW members across Canada, gave
a standing ovation for the Premier's speech.
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