Wednesday, 14 November 2012
Outrage after union rep compares Harper to Hitler!
This morning, I bring you verbatim, a well written article by Jessica Hume, the Toronto Sun scribe covering the Parliamentary Bureau, with my comments below, as usual.....
Union opposition to a bill proposing to force them to disclose detailed financial information was expected. But no one saw it coming when Humberto DaSilva, a Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) representative made his infamous video.....
to criticize the bill by comparing Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Hitler, calling on Canadians to stand up to the government or else "shut up and wait for your boxcar."
Bill C-377 proposes to force unions to disclose information on their spending to membership and to the public. "In 1933 Hitler said we must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison," DaSilva said in the video posted Thursday. "Now Bill C-377 will start the process of confiscating union funds and criminalizing union work."
Tory MP Pierre Poilievre, a harsh critic of unions' lax financial reporting obligations, was taken aback by what he saw. "The contents of this video are disgusting and have no place in our society," he said. "CUPE should disclose to workers if any of their mandatory dues were spent on this hateful video."
Despite being against the bill, union boss Gary Corbett distanced himself from the video and DaSilva - "I don't know the guy."
"Bill-377 is bad news on many fronts," Corbett said. "But there's a lot in that video I personally wouldn't have gone to." Even NDP MP Alexandre Boulerice, who previously worked for CUPE, was perturbed.
"It's preposterous, it's ridiculous and it's absurd," Boulerice said. "When you say things like that you take yourself out of the rational debate. And this is not welcome, because it has the possibility to derail the discussion we really need to have about this bill."
The private member's bill is making its way through the House of Commons
Seeing Sid Ryan, CUPE President leading the G20 parade of hooligans through downtown Toronto in June 2010 made me skeptical of this fellows intentions but.....
....this mindless diatribe by one of his CUPE union representatives is proof positive that the time is long past to make union finances public. Since union dues are tax deductible, that makes them subsidized by tax payers as a whole and I resent having to pay one red cent for these present day ingrates!
Sid Ryan, CUPE President
With the passage of Bill C-377, our government will protect the little guy by letting folks opt out of unions freely and keep the dues to feed their families. No more funding of ridiculous photo-ops! I've come to expect nothing of value from these mindless union neanderthals and they've never failed to deliver!
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