Call it a breach of public trust, dishonesty, desperation, alleged bribery, alleged corruption, or all of the above. The Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Party is reporting that the Ontario McGuinty Liberal government has signed a secret deal with the Ontario public sector union, OPSEU, to give their members a guaranteed raise — AFTER the October 6th, 2011 election is over.
So, now we know that most, if not all, of Ontario’s public sector unions will be trashing the PCs at every turn over the next five months. I mean, we already knew that the Ontario teachers’ unions will be spending $3 million dollars to try to get the McGuinty caucus re-elected. We also knew that many of the public sector unions are part of the “Working Families Coalition.”
However, as far as OPSEU goes, officials and members have been quiet — and isn’t that the point. They can help out simply by not rocking the boat so that McGuinty can brag that there was public sector union peace during both his majority mandates. Of course, what McGuinty won’t say is how his government got that peace — by giving the unions whatever they wanted — with taxpayers money.
The Ontario PC news release states:
“Records from the Ontario Labour Relations Board reveal that Dalton McGuinty cut a secret deal with leaders of the Ontario Public Sector Employees Union (OPSEU) to give 38,000 employees an additional 1 percent top up to their salaries, and then hired lawyers to try to bury the evidence. Yesterday, a Dalton McGuinty spokesperson defended this breach of the public trust saying other unions would have demanded more in their collective agreements too, had they known about the secret sweetheart deal.”
So, now Ontarians will know precisely why the Ontario election is going to be even nastier than the recent federal campaign. PC Leader Tim Hudak, his team and supporters like myself, will be fighting uphill against the wind of an entrenched entitlement culture.
Meaning that all Ontarians had better remember the old saying: He who pays the piper plays the tune.
Five more months to another Conservative majority government, this time at Queen’s Park. Things come in threes: Doug Ford was elected Mayor of Toronto. Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party were given a majority mandate this week. And, Tim Hudak will soon be the next Premier of Ontario with a majority government of between 65 and 70 seats.