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TORONTO – On top of the devastation recommended by ex-banker Don Drummond, the Liberals have rewarded another banker with a high-profile position.

Today, Premier Dalton McGuinty named Royal Bank President Gordon Nixon as chair of a new Council of Jobs and Prosperity. This appointment comes before Ontarians feel the full effect of former TD Bank economist Drummond’s recommendations, which will kill jobs, stall the economy and close schools, hospitals and child care centres, said Fred Hahn, president of CUPE Ontario.

The only jobs plan McGuinty has is a plan to employ ex-bankers,” said Hahn. “The last thing this government needs is more advice from the very people who got us into this financial mess in the first place.”

CUPE Ontario has called on government for years to create a commission on jobs and growth.

Ontario needs to bring together representatives from all parts of the economy to come up with new ideas to create good jobs in communities and to grow the economy. That body needs a neutral chair, and an ex-banker is not neutral,” said Hahn.

The Premier is clearly signalling that the Jobs and Prosperity Council he’s formed is a Liberal distortion of a good idea that was desperately needed to help communities.

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Craig Saunders
CUPE Communications