Throne speech promises tax cuts and privatization

    TORONTO, Oct. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul Moist, the national president of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees, says, "Stephen Harper's throne speech is
full of promises rather than programs and sounds more like an election
campaign speech. It is more about winning votes than building strong
communities for Canadians."
    "Tax cuts mean service cuts and since coming to power, the Harper
government has made over $30 billion in tax cuts. Rather than promoting strong
public services - tools that work to prevent poverty - this prime minister
seems intent on dismantling and privatizing the network of public services
that build strong communities," says Moist.
    "In addition, says Moist, "Canadians see through Harper's empty rhetoric
on climate change. They know this government has no real intention of tackling
the greenhouse gases being produced by Canada. He has reminded us that his
government will not meet the targets of the Kyoto Accord.
    "Harper makes the false claim that he's given Canadians 'choice in child
care'. But his own government has recently admitted they were unsuccessful in
creating the 125,000 new child care spaces they campaigned on in the last
election," says Moist.
    Says Moist, "Harper says his government plans to encourage
inter-provincial trade deals like TILMA and Atlantica. These schemes have been
designed by corporate Canada to lower labour and environmental standards,
under the guise of promoting 'economic prosperity'."
    "Harper talks of helping seniors. Why not start with introducing a
universal Pharmacare program so our country's seniors can have access to the
drugs and medicine they need to stay healthy," says Moist.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Moist, CUPE National President, (613)
558-2873; Claude Généreux, CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer, (porte-parole
francophone), (514) 884-5074; Wendy Forbes, CUPE Communications, (416)
892-8716; Sébastien Goulet, CUPE Communications, (613) 808-0675

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