Good to Ryan waking up at last. From the link,
“Wynne sold herself to Ontarians as the ‘Social Justice Premier’ but she has presented us with a budget drafted by bankers, for bankers,” said Ryan. “This budget has identified many important problems but it arrives at all the wrong solutions. Ontario needs long term, stable and reliable revenue to protect valuable public services and to lift people out of poverty,” said Ryan.
CUPE wasn't going to sit idly by and let the Liberals dismantle the public sector. They were ok with "strategic voting" as compromise within the OFL, but Fred Hahn bristled at the May 1 Liberal budget right from the start. While OPSEU may not be a member of the OFL, CUPE is, and Ryan needs to say something to appease that part of his constituency.
As I observed during the election, one of the bigest mistakes of buying into the Liberal fearmongering and strategic voting, has been demobilizing the ability of the unions to opposed the government they elected, and told their members to vote for.
It is absolutely no surprise that Ryan is a Johnny come lately to this "realization" about Wynne.
Oddly, Liberal party booster, Jerry Dias, of UNIFOR who took an active interest in the budget (calling the budget "decent", and recomending NDP support) and who was vocal throughout the subsequent election won't even sign his name to the UNIFOR release on this budget, shopping that task out to the union's Ontario Regional Director Katha Fortier, who sugar coats the bitter pill as much as possible.
TORONTO, April 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario provincial budget tabled today includes important investments that could lead to a brighter future, but also takes risks that might lead to the lights going out.
"Some of the measures in this budget will help secure a stronger future for Ontarians, while others, namely the privatization of Hydro One, are remarkably short-sighted," said Katha Fortier, Unifor Ontario Regional Director.