Friday, March 24, 2006

The high road

As a follow-up to my earlier post on the CAW's shots at the NDP, the party has responded perfectly:
Ontario NDP President Sandra Clifford stated her disappointment at this week's decision of the Canadian Auto Workers executive.

"The Ontario NDP is disappointed by this week's decision by the Canadian Auto Workers executive. In the days, months and years ahead, we will continue our strong tradition of working with labour and all progressive people and organizations, to try to make life better, fairer and more just for working people everywhere," Clifford said...

"The decision to suspend Buzz Hargrove's membership followed from Buzz Hargrove, his actions, and his personal endorsement of a Liberal government in the last election, nothing else," Clifford said.

"The NDP and Canadian Auto Workers have shared common goals for many years and still do," she said.
I don't doubt that the CAW executive will continue to try to feign outrage (at least as long as Buzz is in charge). But Clifford has emphasized that the NDP's quarrel was never with either the CAW generally or with the goals of progressive Canadians.

In contrast, in trying to punish the Dippers, the CAW is only hurting the interests of both...and it shouldn't take long for the union's own members to see that fact.

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