Monday, March 19, 2007

Liberals Will Vote Against Anti-Scab Law, But Run on the Introduction of an Anti-Scab Law in the Next Election

Yes, you read the headline correctly.

More details in this previous blog entry about the recent demonstration in Niagara to protest Dion and the Liberal Flip-Flop on Bill C-257.

Also, Dion's ridiculous position on anti-scab laws was described in today's St. Catharines Standard.

Dion expects the campaigning to start for real, soon.

And among the campaign promises to come will be a new law to prevent scab labour, he said. That was Dion's answer to about 100 people who picketed the Club Roma visit to protest the Liberals withdrawing support for Bill C-257.

Due to receive third reading Wednesday, the bill would prevent the use of replacement workers during strikes.

The Liberals supported the bill during second reading, but withdrew support over concerns C-257 didn't protect essential services.

Bill supporters feel the Canadian labour code already protects essential services, however, said Bruce Allen, vice-president of Canadian Auto Workers Local 199.

Dion met with some of the protesters on Saturday, including members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, but didn't agree to support the bill.

"It's positive that he met with us, but we're by no means satisfied," Allen said outside Club Roma on Saturday, where protesters from Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto chanted slogans and waved banners.

"What would impress me is results, not cordiality."

Results will have to wait until the next election, Dion said.

The Liberal leader said the definition and protection of essential services needs to be "clarified" in any new legislation.

"We'll come back with a better bill. If there's an election before that, we'll put that commitment in our platform," he said.

2 comments:

Amanda said...

Tin Tin Dion..."I was against you before I was for you..."

What a John Kerry-like tool he is.

janfromthebruce said...

yawn, what's new? Once again, liberals like to talk all that progressive talk, but never the walk that line. Perhaps Buzz will rethink his liberal support when he sees how that chummy relationship works on the ground with liberals.