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I'm an evangelical Christian, member of the CPC, but presently & unjustly exiled to wander the political wilderness.
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Friday, July 18, 2008

Guelph NDP: Out of touch

Well, the Guelph NDP candidate Tom King just did a fine job of shooting himself in the foot, and they're not even out of the gate yet! I've been watching things there pretty closely for a while now, and I got a Google Alert about an event regarding Bill C-61 that Tom will be attending in Toronto. He's been trying to make Bill C-61 a major issue in the upcoming by-election, but in so doing, he's revealed just how out of touch he is with the average person in that town.

Here's what he said...
“Guelph is a city based on the arts and academia. The demographic in this community cares passionately about the development of digital culture and the arts. Bill C-61 is a piece of legislation that is completely contrary to the innovative and inquisitive spirit of the Guelph region.”
Really Tom? Guelph is a "city based on the arts and acedemia"?

Well, according to the City of Guelph's own website, that's certainly not the case! Let's see, here's the numbers from the City's "Top 100 Employeers" page:

Linamar Corporation - 8087 employees
University of Guelph - 3723 employees

And just who is the Linamar Corporation? That's right... AUTO AND INDUSTRIAL PARTS MANUFACTURING.

And that's just the Linamar Corp itself... which includes:

Vehcom Manufacturing - 520
Linex Manufacturing Inc. - 408
Hastech Manufacturing - 350
Roctel Manufacturing Ltd. - 350
Quadrad Manufacturing Ltd. - 330
Skyjack Inc. - 325
Corvex Manufacturing - 270
Traxle Mfg. Ltd. - 260
Transgear Manufacturing Inc. - 220
Eston Manufacturing - 170
Linamar Transportation Inc. - 145
LPP Manufacturing - 124
Lintool Mfg. - 120

And then of course, there's the non-Linamar auto parts employeers:

Polycon Industries - 1000
Brake Parts Canada Inc. (Dana) - 380
Hematite Manufacturing - 130

Add that all up? That's a whole lot of people in Guelph in the auto sector ALONE. And that's not even mentioning all the Cambridge Toyota plant employees who live in Guelph!

So, both the NDP and the Liberals have exposed themselves as not having a real clue about the people of Guelph, the NDP with dumb statements like that, and the Liberals with Dion's Carbon Tax... which will result in even more auto workers losing their jobs. Because don't forget, the Carbon Tax will increase the cost of manufacturing all goods here in Canada, which means that US buyers will end up looking at more competative bids from elsewhere, which will result in even more lost auto manufacturing jobs here in Ontario, and in Guelph specifically.

Tom, he doesn't have a clue what the people of Guelph do for a living.
Frank, his boss wants to put Guelph auto workers out of a job.

It's your choice Guelph!

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  • At Fri. Jul. 18, 11:31:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Babylonian777 said…

    Hey CC, do you know when the by-election is gonna be?

  • At Fri. Jul. 18, 12:39:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Now Babylonian, you know you're just gonna get the standard line about "That's up to the Prime Minister and Governor General" from "CC"

    I'm sure he won't give you the answer you're hoping for.

    Mike Wisniewski

  • At Fri. Jul. 18, 01:07:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm not from Guelph - which, by the way, is a beautiful city. When I think of Guelph I think of veterinarians, horticultural/agricultural issues.

    Well, I suppose the next item for NDP'rs is ATM fees.

  • At Tue. Jul. 29, 12:27:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Mark said…

    Guelph is part of the technology triangle consisting of Guelph, Waterloo and Kitchener. The technology sector here is thriving and even prominent. I am a resident of Guelph and I have made copyright reform the primary issue by which I will evaluate candidates. So maybe King does know what is important to educated and affluent Guelph voters. Bill C-61, a bill formulated in its entirety to serve the interest of American politicians and private sector lobbyists, is a disgrace to Canadian sovereignty, a slap in the face to Canadian consumers, and a detriment to competitiveness and innovation on the technology sector.

  • At Thu. Jul. 31, 11:13:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Paul said…

    I can't put my opinion any more succinct than Mark already did.

  • At Mon. Aug. 18, 06:12:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The two issues you try to link in your column are completely unrelated. Tom and the NDP have positions on the auto sector and energy policy that would be relevant to mention.

    You should try to nitpick less on the words that come out of peoples mouthes on any given day and look deeper into the issues that actually afflict people. I know that the New Democrats from coast to coast including Tom have.



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