Thursday, January 05, 2012
Stephen Harper and the Great Choo Choo Run
Well I see that Great Choo Choo Leader is trying to put some distance between him and the lockout at the Electro-Motive plant in London, Ontario.
Even though he once used the factory to shill his corporate tax cuts.
"This is a dispute between a private company and the union and we don't comment on the actions of private companies," Harper spokesman Carl Vallee responded Wednesday in an email.
The prime minister showed no such reticence on Mar. 19, 2008 when he visited the Electro-Motive plant to showcase a $5 million federal tax break for buyers of the diesel locomotive-maker's wares and a wider $1 billion tax break on industrial capital investment.
Now I can understand why Stephen Harper is running away from those job-killing tax breaks. Because it must be so embarrassing to be exposed as a total fraud. And he's such a miserable coward.
But why is he refusing to stand up for Canadian workers who are being treated like animals by an American company? Why does he hate Canada soooooo much?
Answer: because Caterpillar is Harper's kind of company.
Even Wal-Mart Stores Inc. can’t match Caterpillar’s resolve in dictating terms to its workers. The firm has a practiced skill at “taking a strike” for as long as required until workers straggle back to work across their own picket lines.
And on a single day in 2009, Caterpillar blithely laid off 11,000 employees, or 9 per cent of its global workforce. Like most U.S. employers, Cat has a hair-trigger for layoffs at the first sign of tough times.
And he's just as ruthless and as shameless as they are. Which makes Ray Vella's warning even more important.
"There's a lot at stake here," said Vella, a 23-year veteran. "This is not just us against them; this is for all workers across Canada. Because, if they can do this here, you're next."
Fight the Cons. Support our union movement. Stand up for Canadians. Tell the Caterpillar pigs to take a hike eh?
Or wake up one day, with the taste of cat food in your mouth, and despair in your eyes. In a country you don't recognize.
And the good news? Harper's little Choo Choo is running all over the main plank in his economic platform. And if we plaster his face all over this brutal lockout.
We can do the Cons some serious damage...