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posted 26 March 2007 11:02 AM      Profile for kropotkin1951   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Most Liberals backed the bill when it passed second reading last fall, but that changed when Liberal Leader Stephane Dion spoke out against it in caucus Wednesday.

Dion said he supported the bill in principle but that it was too flawed, although he freed his MPs to vote their conscience.

"The bill does not clarify enough the situation of the essential workers,'' he said. "If there is a strike in a port, an airport, bank, the effect on the Canadian economy would be very huge.''

That's the message Canada's business community had been proclaiming for several months against what they called the "dangerous legislation.''

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If anyone needed proof that the Liberals even under a supposed "left-liberal" leader are progresive here is the answer. When it comes down to workers' rights the Liberals will always take the same stance as the one taken by big business.

It appears that without Dion's intervention on behalf of Corporate Canada his back benchers might still have voted for workers rights before corporate rights but he is the leader and he sets the tone.

Clearly the Liberals will never support workers' rights over corporate interest. when it comes down to the crunch there is little difference between the Liberals and Conservatives. The Liberals just talk more about progressive issues but in power they time and time again prove that they do not govern as progressives umless a specific issue has the blessing of their corporate masters.

From: North of Manifest Destiny | Registered: Jun 2002  |  IP: Logged
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posted 26 March 2007 11:17 AM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
The two old line parties have traded power back and forth in Canada for far too long. Successive Liberal and Conservative governments have created apartheid in Canada wrt indigenous peoples situation to economic apartheid among Canada's ethnic minorities in general. The Liberal Party's endorsement of yet another politically conservative anti-worker policy in this country is typical.
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posted 26 March 2007 11:31 AM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Still lots of room in this thread and lots of background in this thread.
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