We’re eight days out from the Ontario Election, and the public sector is still making a tremendous fuss over Tim Hudak’s plan to reduce our number of civil servants back to the number we had in 2009. They want you to think that we’re going to lose valuable front-line emergency services workers, like firefighters, police officers, and EMS. This simply isn’t true.
I’d like to share with you a Facebook conversation I had with a friend of mine, who works hard saving lives in EMS. I’ve agreed for them to stay anonymous, so I’ll just call them Sam here. Have a look.
Sam, 10:50 AM
So we pvr’d last nights debate, just finished watching it and I can’t believe I’m saying this but I really liked hudak, he’s the only one that was straight forward about what he was going to do. I’ve also read his platform and it makes sense, thanks for sharing that link. I’ve spoken with our union rep and he’s assured me that front line jobs like mine are safe it’s middle management that’s in trouble. All this to say I’ll be voting conservative, which is against my unions wishes, hence why I’m pm you instead of regular Facebook.
Me, 10:54 AM
You just made my morning. Glad to have you on board! And don’t worry, I won’t mention your name in anything when I’m trying to convince other people.
Sam, 11:08 AM
Thanks!! I’m not worried about my union per say but I do have to work with them, they are my co workers after all. That being said I’ve never been a big fan of unions, I think they cause more problems than they solve, but without my union, medics would be screwed here in toronto, we get screwed by the city and the province already, without cupe we would be up shit creek.
Me, 11:10 AM
Would it be alright if I anonymously quoted your reasons for voting blue in a blog post? It might help convince other people to see “a front-line emergency services employee” supporting Hudak
Sam, 11:12 AM
Yeah, no problem with that!!
The reason I want to share this is to show that what a lot of us see as Big Union is actually made up of people, with their own consciences and their own opinions which are often stifled by whichever agenda “The Union” happens to have from moment to moment. I also wanted to show that there are front-line emergency workers who understand that the PC party is Ontario’s best hope to avoid the problems that killed Detroit and are killing Greece.
Sam continued the conversation with one more fact about Toronto’s medical community, which I’d like to use to close off this post.
Sam, 11:17 AM
Here’s an interesting tid bit for you. Toronto ems has a community paramedicine program, it’s an awesome program that needs to be expanded, we have 4 people working there, 1 manager, 2 supervisors and 1 paramedic, that’s a 3 to 1 ratio of management to employees, wtf!!! And that’s public info
If you haven’t yet, I suggest you read Tim Hudak’s Million Jobs Plan. Read it through, and you’ll see it’s so much more than just a much-needed cut to the size of our public sector. You’ll see how it will benefit you and the rest of Ontario to go to your polling station and vote PC on June 12th, or earlier if you’d like to take advantage of the Advance Polls like I did. If you need information on where or how to vote, Elections Ontario has a simple informational website here.
Remember: Ontario needs YOU to get out and vote BLUE.