BARRIE, ON, June 2, 2014 /CNW/ - For the first time in its history, the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) launched two-fifteen second ads this morning in connection with the upcoming Provincial Election. Both ads end with a simple message – We're here for you. Who's Tim Hudak here for?
"For the first time in the sixty year history of the OPPA, Tim Hudak has given us no choice but to engage in a publicity campaign during an election", said Jim Christie, President, OPPA.
"A Tim Hudak led government would launch a direct assault on the Collective Agreements of Police Associations right across the Province. His positions on arbitration, public sector pensions and further wage freezes, among others issues, are unacceptable to our members who put their lives on the line for their communities every day."
"Let me be clear. These ads do not serve as an endorsement for the Liberals or the NDP. This also does not mean that we don't respect and work well with many in the Conservative caucus. We just don't want this Conservative as Premier."
"There is no room for the divisive "Tea Party" style politics that Mr. Hudak would bring to Ontario. From what we have seen during his past as Leader of the Opposition through to the illogical present day promise to fire one hundred thousand people to try and create one million jobs, it is clear that Mr. Hudak subscribes to the far right wing teachings that have led to chaos in the "Right to Work" states south of the border."
These ads will air across Ontario beginning June 2nd and will continue in some markets until June 10th.
To view the advertisements, please use the links below:
Headquartered in Barrie, the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) is the bargaining agent for over 6,000 uniformed officers and nearly 3,000 civilian members across Ontario. From Essex to Thessalon to Thunder Bay -- across nearly a million square kilometres of land and 100,000 square kilometres of waterways -- our members are proud to serve.
While our members are looking out for our communities, the Association is looking out for them. As their sole bargaining agent, we represent members' interests in negotiations with the employer (the Ontario government). However, an equally important task is the promotion of healthy, safe work environments. We advocate for better tools and equipment, improved health and safety standards, and better supports for members suffering operational stress injuries, among other things. These improvements help keep our members -- and our communities -- productive and safe.
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police Association
For further information: For additional information, interviews or photos please contact: Jim Christie, President and Chief Executive Officer, OPP Association, 800-461-4282, [email protected]; Josh Jutras, Strategic Communications Coordinator, OPP Association, 800-461-4282, [email protected]