Monday, September 10, 2012

Bill 115 letter to Queens Park (twice)

From: Timothy King <t***>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Sep 2012 13:47:39 -0400
Subject: Fwd: does everyone in government believe that collective bargaining is wrong?

Mr McGuinty & Miss Broten.
This is one of those moments that will haunt the future.  Do you really want to be remembered as the government that tried to destroy a worker's right to participate in how their work place is run?
It's antidemocratic.  With a political system that lives in an uneasy alliance with a capitalist economy that seems intent on redesigning itself to serve a smaller and smaller wealthy class, do you really want to be the peoples' representatives who gave away this important democractic protection?  There is nothing wong with sharing power in a democracy.  The only system this serves is dictatorial, it serves the few by disenfranchising the many.
In years to come you will look back on this moment and wonder at how it has coloured the future of so many people.
Please make the fair decision and support worker's rights to collective bargaining.
Tim King
Elora, Ontario
this sent to my MPP Ted Arnott in August:

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From: Timothy King <t****>
Date: Fri, Aug 24, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Subject: does everyone in government believe

Hi Ted,

I was your son's English teacher last year.  He's an outstanding fellow.  I can't wait to see what he does with himself when he graduates.

I'm writing today knowing this is a  long shot, but I have to ask anyway.  Is it general consensus at Queen's Park that the right to collective bargaining is bad for Ontario even though it is enshrined in the Canadian Charter?

I'm a bit baffled by a democratically elected government's willingness to toss out something that is supposed to be a fundamental right in our country, and then observing the backing of this apparently immoral act by other parties.

Does anyone at Queen's Park actually think the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is worth upholding?

By the way, if there happens to be an election in the coming months, McGuinty has lost hundreds of thousands of voters who actually bother to vote.  I'm ashamed that I voted for him last time 'round.  I should also note that I voted for Mike Chong nationally, so the idea that all teachers are staunchly left wing isn't true.  Actually, I'm a Liberal at heart, but I don't know what they stand for any more.

At this point, I'd vote for the party that stands up for our basic rights and freedoms.

Thanks for the ear.

Tim King
Elora, ON