TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 20, 2012) - The McGuinty Government continues down a 'risky and cynical' path to win by-elections that puts students' education at risk, the Ontario President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE Ontario) said today.
"This latest move by the McGuinty Government is an unnecessarily risky game of political brinksmanship. Instead of dealing with the real problems facing Ontario's finances-chronically low taxes on profitable multinational corporations and tax loop-holes for banks -- this government is trying to whip up public sentiment against education workers," said Fred Hahn.
"It's cynical politics at its worst and has absolutely nothing to do with providing stability for students and their parents. Rather, the McGuinty Government wants to look 'tough' while fighting by-elections in Kitchener and Vaughan," he added.
Hahn's comments follow the announcement earlier today that the Legislature would resume sitting two weeks early, on August 27, to deal with Legislation that, if passed, would strip School Board employees of basic rights.
"When the Minister of Education spends the entire day doing media on a piece of legislation that is only in 'draft' form while the House is in recess, it's obvious that this is about electioneering. When the Government's own House Leader follows up by saying that this is happening because we are in a minority Parliament during by-elections that could alter that, then the Government's strategy becomes completely transparent," said Hahn.
While the McGuinty Liberals continue bullying education workers, their Tory counterparts aren't bringing much more to the table, calling for fewer jobs, lower wages and the sell-off of public assets to the corporate sector.
"This is the kind of cynical politics that people see through and it turns them off politics entirely. The Government needs a serious course correction. It's time they do the right thing by giving school boards and their employees the space to negotiate fair agreements that respect students, parents and the people who work hard every day to ensure Ontario's students have the resources they need to thrive," he added.