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Plea for More CAS Money

March 9, 2010 permalink

Here is a note of concern that the Ontario throne speech includes policies to reduce funding for several sectors including children's aid. The concern does not come from fathers or mothers or children. It comes from CUPE, the union representing employees. The baby-stealers are trying to protect their jobs.

We hope the government will ignore this plea. Free countries don't put prisoners in jail just to keep the guards busy. And as for members of CUPE, we suggest that they could help preserve their jobs by fostering better relations with their clients. For example, eliminate the humiliation rooms, where parents are observed with their children in the manner of laboratory animals. Stop suggesting to mom and dad that they should divorce. And don't block communication by foster kids with friends and family outside the foster system.



Throne Speech job promises can't hide dangerous changes in health care and sell-off of public assets, CUPE Ontario President says

TORONTO, Ont. – The job promises previewed in today's Throne Speech are vague and fail to hide dangerous changes in how patients access health care, how funding is allocated to hospitals and a plan for “cash-grab” asset sales that won't create a single job but will cripple the province by permanently reducing its revenue base, the President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario, the province's largest trade union, said today.

“Dalton McGuinty has so little confidence in his own job creation promises and in Ontario's businesses and workers' ability to grow the economy that he's planning to sell the farm to pay the mortgage,” CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn said today.

Selling off chunks of Ontario's biggest revenue sources, Hydro One, Ontario Power Generation, the Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the Ontario Lottery Corporation, “is an admission of defeat by a Premier hoping to use marketing gimmicks to dress up a fire sale of what generations before us worked so hard to build,” said the CUPE Ontario leader.

Hahn is also extremely alarmed that new legislation to bring competition to hospital funding will be a disaster predicting that Ontarians will reject it because it will pit communities against each other and make access uneven and harder for Ontario families.

“Finally,” the CUPE President said, “it is sadly ironic that our Premier chose International Women's Day to deliver a Throne Speech that leaves women and children behind by continuing to underfund the very non-profits described in the Speech as ‘unsung heroes,' child care, children's aid and child welfare agencies.”

Fred Hahn is President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario with over 220,000 members.


For more information, please contact:

Chris Watson     CUPE Communications     416-553-9410

Source: CUPE Ontario
305 Milner Ave. Suite 801
Scarborough ON