By Joan Bryden
The Canadian Press
September 18, 2014
OTTAWA – The NDP’s traditionally strong ties to the labour movement won’t be enough to secure a blanket endorsement from Canada’s largest private sector union in next year’s federal election.
Unifor will urge its 300,000-plus members to vote strategically and will pour its resources behind local candidates — be they NDP or Liberal — that are best positioned to defeat Stephen Harper’s Conservatives.
Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the union has a strong relationship with the federal NDP and will support re-election of all incumbent New Democrat MPs.
But he says the need to defeat the Harper government must trump Unifor’s loyalty to the NDP.
“For us, we know that another four years of Harper will be disastrous for working class people in Canada, period. So, that in itself trumps going out there and putting support in a riding where we know that the New Democrats have no chance,” Dias said in an interview.
“If the New Democrats have a legitimate, good shot at winning, absolutely that’s where we’re going, no question about it. But if there’s not a hope in hell, why would I waste resources? It doesn’t make a stitch of sense.”