Wynne budget helping Bay Street, not Ontarians

TORONTO, ON – Today’s Ontario budget begins a massive sell-off of public assets and service cuts that will reward bankers, but hurt Ontarians, says Fred Hahn, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario.   “Nobody voted for this,” said Hahn. “Selling off Hydro One and merging distribution companies will hand millions in…

Ontarians suffer from government choices, this budget a chance to change for the better

Falling incomes, failed tax cuts, costly privatization must be addressed TORONTO, ON – Past decisions to cut corporate taxes, and use costly privatization schemes are creating a drag on the economy and driving down incomes across the province, Fred Hahn,  president of the provinces’ largest union, told the finance committee during pre-budget consultations at Queen’s Park today. The…

Why talking about trade deals shouldn’t frighten you

Conservatives are using international trade agreements to permanently shrink government and increase privatization. How? Trade deals reduce federal and provincial capacity to regulate economic activities in Canada and abroad. Many Canadians might be surprised to discover that since 2009, the Conservative government has initiated or signed several international trade agreements. Important examples include the Comprehensive Economic…