The biggest player when it comes to giving money to political parties in Ontario is the union representing carpenters, a distinction that surprised even them.
As early as November 2010, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario had "decided to start priming the pumps to support the Working Families Coalition (WFC) in order to combat Ontario's 'Regressive Conservatives'." The millions of dollars the coalition will pour into attack ads will come at the expense of workers in unionized settings who are required to pay dues to he means in order to keep their jobs. It's time the Canadian legislators change this.
Union members used to rally the streets to proclaim Bill Vander Zalm was destroying British Columbia. Now they're among the biggest financial backers of his anti-HST campaign – whether they support the tax or not.
It appears as if the Pro Worker ads that the National Citizens Coalition and the Merit Contractors Association have been running for the past week, have struck a chord with some union leaders in Alberta.