TORONTO, June 12, 2014 /CNW/ - "Ontario voters sent a clear message
tonight that they want an Ontario with good jobs, strong public
services and healthy communities," Unifor National President Jerry Dias
said. "Ontario has clearly rejected Mr. Hudak's offer to race Ontario
to the bottom."
"These results show that Ontario voters want leadership that will help
build a prosperous Ontario - not Hudak style leadership that would have
destroyed jobs, public services and communities," Dias said.
Unifor, working with other unions and progressive groups, is proud to
have been part of the movement that successfully prevented Hudak from
forming a majority government.
Hudak had tried to make his party more appealing by saying he would not
pursue killing the Rand Formula if elected, but voters still knew he
would push an anti-labour agenda and so rejected his party, Dias said.
"Voters soon figured out that firing 100,000 people would be bad for the
province, and that Hudak's million jobs plan was just bad math," Dias
"The Liberals have offered Ontarians a plan to build a strong and
inclusive Ontario, and some of the best ideas have come from the NDP,"
Dias said. "It is Unifor's belief that Premier Wynne's government
should work with the NDP to ensure Ontarians benefit from the very best
ideas on offer, regardless of party affiliation."
Noting that there were some significant losses for the NDP, Dias
stressed, "We are disappointed that some very strong, progressive
NDPers were not re-elected. The NDP - and Ontario - needs smart, bold
political leaders who are willing to pursue a progressive vision of
Ontario. We lost some of those important leaders tonight. The party is
worse off - and our province is worse off as a result."
Dias will attend victory parties for both Kathleen Wynne and
Parkdale-High Park NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when
the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and
Paperworkers union merged.
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Director Sarah Blackstock at Sarah.Blackstock@Unifor.org or (cell) 416-949-1072, or Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at Stuart.Laidlaw@Unifor.org or (cell) 647-385-4054.