|Demand a Fair Deal For Our Cities
This provincial election, demand a Fair Deal for Our City"
"You can't have a great city for only 6¢ on the dollar"
MUNICIPAL PUBLIC SERVICES UNDER ATTACK! In the 1990s, the Conservative government downloaded responsibility for services to municipalities without the money needed to pay for them. Cities now pay at least $3 billion per year to cover downloaded services, yet the Liberal government refuses to pay bills for such services despite having a budget surplus.
The Liberals continue to short change cities for spending on transit, roads, emergency services, housing, daycare, social assistance, literacy, public health and water protection, putting pressure to cut programs and squeeze spending on libraries, water, recycling, snow removal, recreation, parks, disease prevention and food safety.
These conditions are fuelling moves to privatize many services. Funding shortfalls are pressuring municipalities to sell off public services and contract out jobs. Liberals and Conservatives encourage cities and towns to contract private corporations to build and operate new arenas, libraries, ambulance headquarters, water and sewage treatment systems. Privatized services destroy good jobs, are more expensive, deliver poorer service, and are not accountable to the public who pays for them.
What You Can Do
1. In Toronto, go to www.fairdealforourcity.ca. to send a message to all of the candidates in your provincial riding. It only takes a few seconds.
2. Outside Toronto, ask your candidate: Will you call for services that have been downloaded to municipalities-like social services, housing and water protection committees-to be fully and adequately paid for by the provincial government?
3. Send this e-mail to the rest of your CUPE local members, your friends and family to send a message to their candidates as well. No matter who wins this election, we need fair funding for our cities and towns.
To learn more about the issues, go to the CUPE Ontario web site at www.cupe.on.ca and see the fact sheets prepared for the provincial election
Something's got to change!