What happens between a private company and its workers are their business. Either they work it out or they don't, the company either becomes a really great place to have a job, or a really awful one.
But in the public sector, it's a different story. I'm not against public sector unions striking, but (at least in Toronto) we've had a number of bad examples of it recently. (For example, I can't see how anyone can justify the illegal TTC Wildcat strike.) When it comes down to issues where union employees have a significant advantage over the average employed citizen, it's very difficult to be sympathetic towards protecting privilege.
What I do wish, however, is that there was greater public transparency in public union negotiations. Both sides put out limited information complete with their own spin. I'd love to see what exactly is being argued over, exactly what the current contract is, and what is being offered.
If there were awards for the worst taste remarks ever delivered in Parliament, John Williamson would surely get the prize. Aside from the fact that Martin Luther King was assassinated with a long gun, Williamson's appropriation of King's speech denouncing racism, in service of the destruction of the long-gun registry, is callous in the extreme.
That is shocking, i-rui. This MP is ignorant of the facts and what is even more shocking is that he was reading this speech rather than if it just came out in the heat of debate. Shocking to use this partial passage for the reasons you suggest.
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