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Ontario’s provincial election on October 6 will be critical to CUPE members in the province. The public sector is under attack in this country – and in Ontario, the provincial Tory leader Tim Hudak has made it clear that he will take a page out of the Harris playbook and attack unions.

CUPE activists from across Ontario gathered at a historic workshop on election preparedness on the weekend of Aug 26 to 28. Members brought a range of previous election experience and were able to spend their time together strategizing around CUPE Ontario’s plan to make sure that the 2011 elections resulted in a positive change for all Ontarians.

The provincial election is our chance to defend the public services that our communities depend upon; we can’t afford to let Ontario follow the federal government’s vision of slashing services and slapping on user fees for what’s left.