Opinion

The first steps on Ontario’s Road of Restraint!

Toronto, ON – On June 7th, Ontarians voted for Doug Ford, on July 12th, Ontario got a new governing doctrine. “Change will not be easy, the road ahead will not be easy but the path is clear,” so sayeth Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell in her Throne Speech last week to open Ontario’s new parliament. In the nine page throne speech, Premier Doug Ford’s Tory government said it cannot afford to

Canada knows where it stands!

Washington, DC – While President Donald Trump demands Canada dismantle its supply management dairy system or risk our trading partnership, and his advisers have reserved a special place in hell for our Prime Minister following his comments at the recent G7 summit, Canada has not taken the bait! “I did not vote for Justin Trudeau in the last election, and our politics are often polar opposites but I applaud he

Criticizing Canada’s trade practices is just plain wrong!

The IAM is raising strong concerns regarding the recently announced direction of the Trump Administration’s trade policy. “Criticizing Canada’s trade practices does not contribute to improving the lives of our members, which have been so devastated by a trade agenda that favors corporations over workers”, said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “The Administration should be focusing our efforts on stopping China from violating trade rules, not insulting our closest ally”. 

Opinion polls influence Ontario election result! NDP the lone voice against populism

Toronto, ON – Former Prime Minister, the late John Diefenbaker, was often quoted that polls were only good for one thing and dogs know what that is! However, save for a few exceptions, opinion polls conducted throughout the recent Ontario provincial election predicted a majority Progressive Conservative government. The polls convinced Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne to throw in the towel on the weekend before Election Day. The polls were correct.

Will there be fireworks at the G-7 Summit?

Québec City, QC – US President Donald Trump is coming to Canada later this week….let the banners fly and the trumpets blare…or more accurately let the fur fly and tempers flare! So when the leaders of the G-7 countries meet in the Québec capital, it will be Trump on the hot seat and his recent trade actions with the European Union, Canada and Mexico are responsible for lighting the fire.

NAFTA Update: Nowhere near an Agreement on a modernized NAFTA

If you have been following the rounds of negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), you may be surprised by the latest development. Last week, Prime Minister Trudeau was declaring that the three nations were close to reaching an agreement and this week the negotiations have come to a halt because of the United States. US President Trump has decided to play a card that nobody expected: launch

LOBBYING

Feds must act to protect nuclear workers’ pensions By MATT WAYLAND, STEVEN SCHUMANN      MAY. 23, 2018 If not, 3,400 workers will find themselves unable to contribute to their public service pension plans this fall. Treasury Board President Scott Brison. The board has refused to say how much it would cost the government to continue to provide its nuclear workers with a public service pension plan, write Steven Schumann and Matt Wayland. The Hill Times

The Federal Budget – Not on Target!

Ottawa, ON – “This is a government that follows through on its promises,” says Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau during the deliverance of his latest budget! A close look at this budget reveals that’s not quite true. On the vital issue of National Pharmacare, Morneau did nothing other than appoint former Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins as the new chair of the Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare.

IAM Statement on CLC Solidarity and Support for UNITE HERE

February 12, 2018 – The Unifor decision to disaffiliate from the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) has been consuming a great deal of energy within the Labour movement across Canada. The IAM joins the vast majority of Canadian union members in our criticism of this decision by Unifor’s leadership. As we are all aware, the CLC issued a statement (in French and English) on this topic last week. There has been

There has never been a better time to join a union!

Progress provokes pushback, always has always will – Columnist Michael Coren Toronto, ON – January 1st marked an increase in the minimum wage in Ontario, it rose from $11.60 an hour to $14.00 an hour and it will increase January 1, 2019 to $15.00 an hour. Not surprisingly, the reaction from business was immediate and predictable. The Bank of Canada reported that this increase will cost 60,000 jobs. The surprise