VANCOUVER – Don’t trust Premier Gordon Campbell when he talks to you about investing in British Columbia, says a full-page ad in today’s Globe and Mail. He breaks his word and does not respect legal contracts.
Campbell is co-chairing a dinner in Toronto that pays tribute to people who have made “an outstanding contribution”. Meanwhile, protesters from CUPE and other unions will protest his negative contribution outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
“Our communities are reeling from the actions of the Campbell Liberals,” CUPE BC president Barry O’Neill said. “They have sent a message to the world that B.C. has an unfriendly and uncompassionate government. It is an embarrassment.”
“Why would any company want to come here? Why would workers from elsewhere want to work in the anti-labour, anti-community climate created by the Liberals?”
“Potential investors should be sure to get a co-signer because Gordon Campbell can’t be trusted,” the ad says. “Without any consultation, he ripped up the legal contracts covering more than 100,000 workers….And he has imposed contracts on teachers, nurses and health science professionals.”
CUPE is one of seven public sector unions that purchased the ad to tell Canadians how bad the situation has become in B.C. since the Liberals were elected last May.
“We welcome investment in our resource-rich province,” the ad says. “But we fear it won’t happen until Gordon Campbell learns to value public services and respect legal contracts.”
CUPE has launched its Strong Communities campaign to assist local coalitions, church groups, small business and other community members to work together to make sure that their communities stay strong in spite of the Campbell Liberals.
Ron Verzuh, CUPE Communications,
604-291-1940 or 604-785-1422.
Click here for a pdf version of the Globe and Mail ad.