Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

January 19, 2016 10:00 ET

ADVISORY: Protest to Greet Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Jan. 19, 2016) - When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Ottawa on January 22 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining the Ontario Health Coalition in Ottawa to protest the deep cuts to Ontario hospitals and social programs.

"Here in Ottawa, we are seeing the effects of austerity in every community. Hospital cuts, hydro privatization, mounting student debt, precarious jobs and Canada's lowest social program funding are taking their toll in every neighbourhood," said Patty Coates, Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "Ontarians are calling on the Wynne Government to abandon her austerity agenda and lay out a plan for restoring public services, growing our economy, expanding Ontario's revenue base and lifting standards for everyone. The next Ontario budget shouldn't be constrained by government cuts, it should create an Ontario in which everyone prospers."

"Nine consecutive years of real-dollar cuts have plunged Ontario to the bottom of the country in hospital funding. Patients are being left on stretchers in hallways, surgeries are being cancelled and vital health services are being privatized, subject to user fees, or moved out of town," said Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition. "It is beyond time that these devastating hospital cuts be stopped. The Ontario government must restore our public hospital funding to at least the average of all the other provinces in Canada."

Patients, workers, students, seniors and anti-poverty activists will rally outside the Ottawa consultations of the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

WHAT: Community protest of Ottawa Pre-Budget Consultation

WHERE: Ottawa Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St. N, Ottawa

WHEN: Noon on Fri. Jan. 22, 2016

SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE:

  • Patty Coates, Secretary-Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour
  • Al Dupuis, Co-Chair, Ottawa Health Coalition
  • Sean McKenny, President, Ottawa & District Labour Council
  • Mary Catherine McCarthy, patient experience
  • Dave Lundy, OPSEU for Keep Hydro Public
  • Nancy Parker, patient experience
  • Patients will share experiences with hospital cuts and privatization

Similar protests will take place at every pre-budget consultation in Ontario.

For more information, visit: http://ofl.ca/index.php/rallyagainstausterity

The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit www.OFL.ca and follow @OFLabour on Facebook and Twitter.

Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 400 member organizations and a network of Local Health Coalitions and individual members. For information, visit http://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca and follow @OntarioHealthC on Facebook and Twitter.

Contact Information

  • Joel Duff
    OFL Communications Director
    416-707-0349 (cell)
    jduff@ofl.ca
    ENG/FRENCH