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Monday, August 04, 2008

Guelph unions to be "King"-makers?

Organized labour groups in Guelph have announced that they'll be, for the most part, supporting the NDP's Tom King.  That gives Dion's Liberal candidate, Frank Valeriote, what may be a fatal body blow in his efforts to keep the Guelph riding from slipping out of their grasp.

NDP's King gets union bump
August 1, 2008
Jessica Smith

NDP candidate Tom King is campaigning for the federal byelection with the weight of labour behind him, while all of the candidates highlight the kind words of their more personal endorsements.

"The labour movement, or the labour council in Guelph, is supporting Tom King," said Terry O'Connor, president of the Guelph and District Labour Council and a member of the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada (CEP).

"Union affiliates are going to try and get their membership, through letters and phone calls, get them out to work for Tom and get him elected," O'Connor added.

The CEP sent letters dated July 28 to Guelph-area union members promoting King, suggesting they volunteer with or make a donation to his campaign.

The Steelworkers local is not formally endorsing King, but asked its members at a membership meeting to support his campaign, said local Steelworkers president Margaret Carter, adding King and federal NDP Leader Jack Layton visited her union this week and have offered to assist them with their upcoming labour dispute with the University of Guelph.

Organized labour, thanks to Buzz Hardgrove, have been typically backing the Liberals in recent years in an effort to "Stop Harper".  But with this being a by-election situation, the Prime Ministership isn't up for grabs... and as such, organized labour is free to vote for their ideological preference, instead of voting for the "lesser of two evils", as they've put it while voting for the local Liberals.

With these public endorsements of the NDP in Guelph, this large block of voters could well swing the difference on who becomes Guelph's next Member of Parliament.


  • At Mon Aug 04, 11:17:00 a.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Jack Layton and Tom King met with members of the Mercury's Editorial Boards, which as you know, I'm a member of.

    After meeting Layton and King and hearing them speak, I came to a startling conclusion. King is not the best candidate to represent me, Mike Wisniewski, but BUT (I like big BUTS and I cannot lie, you other brothers can't deny...) there is a VERY strong argument to be made that Tom King is the best voice for Guelph. Not for me, but for Guelph.

    Sept. 8th will be very interesting indeed


  • At Mon Aug 04, 11:56:00 a.m. EDT, Blogger Swift said…

    Union leaders ability to swing large blocks of voters is mainly a figment of their imagination these days. Did Buzz endorsing the Liberals result in a massive landslide victory for Paul Martin and the NDP being decimated? Is Sid Ryan an MP? I don't think that the Liberals should be too worried that the unions are not backing them this time. They have much larger problems.

  • At Mon Aug 04, 01:17:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger wilson said…

    '...have been typically backing the Liberals in recent years in an effort to "Stop Harper"...'

    That's the result of the Cons & Libs virtual tie, no majority likely, no Stop Harper campaign.
    Haven't heard anything lately of Danny Millions 'ABC' attack either.

    Dippers can get back or win Liberal votes, as real players in another 'minority' government.

  • At Mon Aug 04, 01:48:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is unlikely that many union members in Guelph will vote NDP. They know the economy needs to be stimulated not deflated.

  • At Mon Aug 04, 06:18:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Union leaders ability to swing large blocks of voters is mainly a figment of their imagination these days.

    I agree with this statement. Their true influence is only deepening the beliefs of those that would have voted likewise anyways.

  • At Mon Aug 04, 08:59:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Babylonian777 said…

    lol @ "but BUT (I like big BUTS and I cannot lie, you other brothers can't deny...)"

  • At Mon Aug 04, 10:19:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    I prefer this song myself... ;-)

  • At Mon Aug 04, 11:12:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Don't know what it is like in Guelph but here in Alberta anything a union leader has to say about politics is usually a source of great hilarity.

  • At Wed Aug 06, 02:06:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    not my, umm, "genre" of song, but it was very good nonetheless.

    Mike Wisniewski

  • At Wed Aug 06, 02:25:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    Thought you might get a smile out of it at least. ;-)

    And I'm not at all surprised on your thoughts about King... he's very well spoken, knowledgable, and would indeed make a good MP, at least better than Frank.

    But I'm still holding out for Kovach, of course. ;-)

  • At Wed Aug 06, 03:38:00 p.m. EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Honestly, subjectivity aside for a moment, if you assume Gloria and Frank as front-runners. You have a strong candidate/campaign/argument (take your pick) from the NDP to split the left. You have growing Green support coupled with disgruntled Conservatives (Gee, who ever could those be? ;) ) that could split the right.

    You even have a fringe candidate for the left and right each. The Animal Party candidate on the left, and, I think I have it on pretty good authority, a Libertarian Party candidate on the right (don't worry, it's not me). That further splinters the left and right each!

    My point is, I don't think it is out of line to call this a 4-way race. Any of the 4 main candidates could win, in my opinion.

    Mike Wisniewski

  • At Wed Aug 06, 03:44:00 p.m. EDT, Blogger Christian Conservative said…

    No disagreement on your analysis there Mike.


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