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Vote Better

OPSEU's platform for the upcoming provincial election

Message from OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

Welcome to Vote Better, OPSEU’s platform for the 2018 provincial election.
Below you’ll find concrete proposals that reflect a simple truth: Ontario is richer than it has ever been, and we can afford to invest in ourselves and our communities. We can afford to do better. We just need to vote better.

Message from OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas

Welcome to Vote Better, OPSEU’s platform for the 2018 provincial election.
Below you’ll find concrete proposals that reflect a simple truth: Ontario is richer than it has ever been, and we can afford to invest in ourselves and our communities. We can afford to do better. We just need to vote better.
None of our proposals are out of reach. Far from it. The research shows they are all practical, possible, and enjoy widespread public support. 
To do better, we just need to vote for politicians who will get behind these proposals. That’s what this platform is all about: giving you the facts and figures you need to talk persuasively with candidates and also with your family, friends, co-workers, and neighbours. 
If people are thinking about these proposals when they cast their ballot on June 7, we’ll all be better off. 
So please keep this little book with you throughout the election campaign:

  • Take it to a public debate and challenge the candidates about the proposal that means the most to you. 
  • Show it to your friends, family, and co-workers and find out what resonates most with them.
  • Keep it close to your front door and show it to the candidates when they come knocking.

As you’ll see, the platform proposals in this book are divided into broad categories covering all aspects of life in Ontario. After all, OPSEU represents 155,000 frontline public sector workers in a wide range of workplaces from one end of the province to the other — we are experts in making our communities healthy, safe, and prosperous.
If you want even more detailed proposals and information than you find in this book, we’ve got you covered at www.opseu.org/votebetter
Along with our main platform proposals, you’ll find on our website dozens of other proposals covering everything from the LCBO to Corrections to Developmental Services. Check back often—we’ll be adding new proposals as the election campaign develops.
But you can always count on the fact that every one of our proposals will reflect the same simple truth: We can afford to do better. We just need to vote better.
In solidarity,
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas