SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

SERVICE EMPLOYEES INTERNATIONAL UNION CANADA

February 28, 2005 20:30 ET

LIBERAL BUDGET FORCES WORKERS TO KEEP MAKING SACRIFICES

No relief in sight for hard-working Canadians Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Health/Medical Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 28, 2005) - For two decades federal budgets have forced working Canadians to make sacrifices to eliminate the country's deficit, through stagnant wages, cuts to health care and other social programs, and through insecure pensions. Last week's budget was more of the same, says the Service Employees International Union.

"We have to move away from rewarding wealth and back to rewarding work in this country," says Sharleen Stewart, Canadian International Vice-President for SEIU. "It is time to reward hardworking Canadians for the years of sacrifice they have made. Instead, Paul Martin delivered a budget Stephen Harper is proud of."

The most punishing example of this is the $4.9 billion tax cut handed over to corporate Canada. This pushes Paul Martin's handout to big business well over the $100 billion mark, beginning with his tenure as finance minister in 1995.

Paul Martin, the former CEO of Canada Steamship Lines, keeps funnelling billions upon billions of dollars into corporate coffers with no guarantee of reinvestment in jobs, technology or pensions.

"SEIU will continue to support Jack Layton and the NDP because we know they are the only ones listening to the needs of hardworking Canadians," says Stewart.
SEIU Canada represents 93,000 members from coast to coast.

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Contact Information

  • Carl Mavromichalis, National Communications Coordinator
    Primary Phone: 416-951-4905
    Secondary Phone: 416-447-2311 ext. 243
    E-mail: mavromichalisc@seiu.ca