Unifor members are pulling out all the stops to help elect a worker-friendly government in Manitoba.
Even before the election was called on August 12 (more than a year ahead of fixed election dates), Unifor was busy organizing activist book offs and training sessions for a broad member-to-member campaign. The campaign is active in 45 ridings right across Manitoba.
“Brian Pallister is hoping that Manitobans will be too busy with summer vacation and back-to-school preparation to take a close look at his troubled record as premier,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.
The grassroots organizing is complimented by a significant advertising campaign in both the pre-writ and writ periods of the election. Billboards, bus shelter ads, radio ads, and newspaper ads are designed to defeat Pallister by raising the profile of his record on health care and mis-managing Manitoba Hydro.
“Brian Pallister has undermined Manitoba Hydro and closed emergency rooms,” said Gavin McGarrigle, Unifor Western Regional Director. “He’s been a disaster for Manitoba and we’re now helping lead the province-wide fightback to elect a premier that stands with working people.”
The advertisements have gotten the attention of Brian Pallister, whose PC Party has twice accused Unifor of third party spending violations—something that is simply a distraction from Pallister’s problematic record as premier.
“Brian Pallister realizes that when he talks about his record, the NDP goes up in the polls,” said Dias. “Pallister is panicking and taking out his frustrations on his toughest critics.”
From the beginning, Unifor has fiercely criticized the Pallister government’s weakening of workplace rights, undermining of Manitoba Hydro, and cuts to social programs.
Election Day is on September 10.