Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

March 21, 2014 11:30 ET

Media Advisory: Marchers to Liberal Convention will demand end to "War on the Poor"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 21, 2014) - People from across the province will march on the Liberal Convention in Toronto this Saturday, calling on the Wynne government to "Stop the War on the Poor."

Groups will participate from across Toronto, as well as from Sudbury, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Kingston and Ottawa. They will converge on the convention to ensure Liberal delegates and politicians hear their message that it is time to stop starving people who are poor or disabled. They are calling on the government to:

  • Raise Ontario Works and the Ontario Disability Support Program to restore the 55 percent loss in value since cuts made by Conservatives in 1995
  • Provide a $14/hour minimum wage fully indexed to inflation
  • Fully restore the Special Diet and Community Start-Up benefits
  • Commit to not merging Ontario Works and the ODSP

Rally participants include CUPE Ontario, the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, the Sudbury Coalition Against Poverty, the Kingston Coalition Against Poverty, Poverty Makes us Sick Ottawa, Jane-Finch Action Against Poverty, Sistering and the Kitchener/Waterloo Coalition Against Poverty.

WHO: CUPE Ontario and Raise the Rates Campaign partners; speakers include Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario and Liisa Schofield, spokesperson for Ontario Coalition Against Poverty

WHAT: Rally and March to Liberal Convention

WHERE: Assembling at Metro Hall, King & John, Toronto; March to Metro Toronto Convention Centre

WHEN: Saturday, March 22, assembling at 1:00 p.m.

Contact Information

  • To arrange interviews, please contact
    Craig Saunders
    CUPE Communications
    416-576-7316
    csaunders@cupe.on.ca