Recent events of strikes from the labour movement give us cause for concern. In PEI and now in Ontario, the plumbers, pipe fitters, and welders were forced to strike for better wages and benefits. During those bitter cold days the NDP PEI members came to the support of Local 721, bringing them cookies, coffee, and even cash, then walking beside them with our flag and waving for support.

The main line of reasoning has become geared to the capitalist theory that big business and economic growth is the only goal and the one per cent must continue to receive all the benefits with 99 per cent dividing the rest, and also that workers should get real and understand how it works today - that the young must sink into heavy debt to have a university or college education and again to own their first home, and to grow old with no pension plan.

The truth is that generation is living the world their parents created. In the 1970s, my generation had the benefits of government student loans, and houses that were affordable. Our wages were decent and benefits were not given but fought for by unions. Our world was created by our parents who lived through Depression and war brought on by capitalism run amok.

Bottom line is, as Social Democrats the NDP supports the unions and we deserve the support and respect in turn of unions and voters.

Lynne Thiele,

Ran as NDP candidate in District 6

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