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September 24/07- Mid way through the Ontario election campaign, both the media pundits and the polls are indicating that the NDP could end up holding the balance of power after October 10.

“This is great news for our members and supports the resolution passed at CUPE Ontario’s convention last May to work and vote for NDP candidates who support our issues,” says Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer of CUPE Ontario. “As we have said in education efforts to members on voting with the politics of hope, it is a waste of time to vote for a party you don’t like, so you can keep another party you don’t like from gaining power. That kind of negative strategic voting in this election is not only unnecessary, it works against our interests as a union.”

“CUPE Ontario members have a real opportunity to exercise political power and put the NDP in a position where they are holding the balance of power,” adds Hahn. “Given that the NDP is a champion of public services and many other issues close to our values as a union, they can be counted on to push for the changes that our members, their families and communities need.”

In a September 22 article in the Toronto Star, political columnist Ian Urquhart cited that with “strategic voting on the wane, Hampton is poised to move the NDP closer to its traditional floor in the popular vote (20 per cent) and to double its seats from the last election”. Polling from mid August to now consistently show that McGuinty is headed for a minority government.

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