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  • Aunt Lizzie
    December 19, 2012 - 10:34

    Lana, there is a big difference between what you call "the right to belong to a union" and the situation we have in Canada today, where workers in many sectors of the economy are forced to belong to unions. It takes Orwellian thinking to justify forcing someone to do something they don't want to do on the grounds that it is their right. Mandatory union membership has nothing to do with "freedom of association", because there is no freedom involved. Workers in Canada today are forced to give significant portions of their paycheque to unions in order to access jobs, and the unions use much of that money for political purposes that the paying members do not support. To add insult to injury, unions refuse to tell workers how they are spending the money the workers pay in dues. Unions do not serve workers anymore - workers are forced to serve unions.

  • Ed power
    December 17, 2012 - 15:37

    Welcome to the slippery slope.Twenty years from now people will wonder how and when Canada went from one being of the strongest economies in the world - with a well-trained and highly paid workforce - to being a low-wage, Third World sweatshop. Mark 2011 on your calendar, the year Canada's "New Government" started dismantling 100 years of progress and prosperity.