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(en) Canada, Toronto, [ocap*] THIS SATURDAY: JOIN OCAP’s CHALLENGE TO THE LIBERALS THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 28

From OCAP <ocap@tao.ca>
Date Mon, 23 Aug 2004 21:05:19 +0200 (CEST)


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Starting at 11am Meet in Allan Gardens- Carlton and Sherbourne Breakfast will be served
During the years of the Common Sense Revolution, a vast transfer of wealth
took place in Ontario. Billionaires got massive tax breaks and unheard of
profits while workers saw the rate of unionization cut by 19%, and the
poor were driven down to the lowest levels since the Great Depression.
Then along came Dalton McGuinty on a cynical and false promise of change.
As his regime logged up its first few months in Government, it became
crystal clear that the task of the Liberals was not to reverse the Tory
assault but to consolidate it. None of the lavish tax breaks to the rich
were taken back. No serious drive to create housing was set in motion. The
long frozen minimum wage was increased by just a few pennies for the sake
of appearances. The hundreds of thousands of people who had seen 40% of
the value of their social assistance cheques wiped out during the Harris
years have been offered a token 3% increase, which the privatized computer
system can.t even deliver to them.

McGuinty could not have made it clearer that he will not deliver on his
promises of change. In fact, if he is able to, he will not just
consolidate the Tory assault but will press forward with the attack.
Astoundingly, however, as record numbers face homelessness and poverty and
as working people continue to lose ground, there is almost nothing in the
way of a challenge to the Liberals.

There is a deep feeling of bitterness in the communities of Ontario over
the shameless falsehood of the Liberals. Now is the time to demand real
concessions from them. We want the Tory cuts to be restored. We want a
minimum wage that is a living wage and a 40% increase in welfare and
disability payments. We must begin the job of building a serious drive to
fight this duplicitous Government.

On August 28, a veritable 'who's who' of the Provincial Liberal
establishment will gather in a north Toronto mansion for a fundraising
barbeque. It is the perfect moment to end the passivity of working class
and progressive movements that McGuinty has benefited from. This vile
exercise in self-congratulation takes place while homeless people sleep on
the streets and hundreds of thousands agonize over the choice between
feeding their kids and paying the rent. OCAP plans to be a very loud and
an extremely unwelcome guest on the 28th and we appeal to you to come out
and support us in this.

ATTEND AND HELP FUND BUSSES TO THE LIBERAL FUNDRAISER! PURCHASE A BUS
TICKET As you may know, OCAP is currently in dire financial straits and is
unable to pay its basic operating costs, including its organizers’ wages.
As a means of ensuring that all those who would like to attend the August
28th Red Hot Grits Barbecue will be able to do so, we are asking that
individuals who can afford it help sponsor the bus leaving from Allan
Gardens going to the Red Hot Grits party in North York. We are asking
people to donate five dollars, the equivalent to a ride on the subway.
Alternately, those who have access to cars are encouraged to help carpool
people to the demonstration. Please send any funds available to:

Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain Street
Toronto, ON
M5A 1R6

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Ontario Coalition Against Poverty
10 Britain St. Toronto, ON M5A 1R6
416-925-6939 ocap@tao.ca www.ocap.ca
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* [Ed. Note: OCAP is antiauthoritarian anticapitalist
direct action social struggle initiative.]


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