Analysis: Ontario needs right-to-work policy

Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan. (QMI Agency)

Ontario Federation of Labour president Sid Ryan. (QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

TORONTO -- Sid Ryan is at it again.

Yep, the Ontario Federation of Labour president is rallying the union troops to tour the province telling voters why Tim Hudak's so-called "right-to-work" policy is bad for families and bad for voters.

In so doing, however, he's proving just why we need right-to-work.

The union I belong to, Unifor, is part of this project to talk to a million people about it.

Really? How democratic is that? I have no choice. I'm forced to pay union dues every paycheque and that money goes to support the union's own partisan political campaigns and people whose political views I don't support.

This is precisely why unions need reining in.

Unifor spokesman Katha Fortier wouldn't tell me the cash value of this tour.

She said it's "not specifically focused against Tim Hudak."

The union is going to every major city across the country.

"It just happens we're starting in Ontario first," Fortier said.

The union is supporting NDP candidate Wayne Gates in the Niagara Falls byelection.

He's the president of Local 199 in the area.

"I suspect he'll get a lot of volunteers and probably donations," she told me. "Obviously any donations the unions make would be within the legal limits of what they're allowed to make, but I would expect Wayne would see support."


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