Feb. 12, 2009
This week I released my leadership platform based on
protecting and creating good jobs for Ontarians.
I want to thank Wayne Fraser, the elected Director of
District 6 of the United Steelworkers, representing
more than 80,000 Ontario workers, who announced his
support for my campaign.
I made it clear to the media that I am opposed to
McGuinty's plan to abandon manufacturing and forestry
while subsidizing low-wage paying employers.
Instead of acting to save good jobs, Dalton McGuinty
tells workers they’re on their own during these tough
McGuinty's move to abandon Ontarians when they need
government most, shows it's time for real leadership
that will put people first in Ontario.
Here is my plan to keep Ontario working:
* Invest in sector strategies that bring government,
management and workers together to sustain and improve
and create new industries – everything from light-rail
* Provide government investment in companies, or
workers, who are willing to innovate to create
high-value manufacturing and preserve jobs – through
worker ownership, by accepting unionization and
partnering with organized workers, by providing education
and skills development.
* Protect vulnerable workers in low-waged jobs by raising
the minimum wage, expanding enforcement of employment
standards, and protecting the right to organize and bargain
* Reject new proposals for wage insurance and calls to
abandon manufacturing and forestry sectors.
I also made it clear that we do not need another round of
across the board corporate tax cuts. We can’t cut taxes and
expect to invest for the future.