Stop a Harper
Majority, CAW Urges
The CAW is urging its members to get involved in the
federal election campaign. The union is moving ahead with campaign materials
that include a series of election town hall meetings, fact sheets and an
election factbook on its newly redesigned website.
CAW President Ken Lewenza is urging CAW leadership and
membership to get involved in the election campaign and do whatever they can to
stop a Stephen Harper Conservative majority government.
Lewenza slammed Harper's record during its two-and-a-half
years of minority rule.
"This government has abandoned the manufacturing sector,
endorsed the overvalued dollar and the overheated energy boom; dedicated tens of
billions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations, which are already enjoying
their highest profits in Canadian history; dismantled federal commitments to the
Kelowna Accord for aboriginal peoples, a national child care program and the
Kyoto Accord; and involved Canadians ever more deeply in the failling war in
Afghanistan," Lewenza said.
"And that was with a minority! Just imagine what Canada
would look like in just a few years, if Harper wins his quest for a majority,"
So far in election campaign stops by Harper in southern
Ontario, flag-waving CAW members have repeatedly and noisily raised the issue of
Canada's struggling manufacturing sector.
Canada has lost more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs in the
last five years because of the high value Canadian dollar, unfair one-way trade
deals, and the lack of a comprehensive manufacturing policy by the federal