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CUPE Keynote Speech: Fight of our Lives

Coalitions key to stopping privatization.

CUPE Keynote Speech: Fight of our Livesby CUPE

Canadians are in the fight of their lives to defend public services, and CUPE is a key player in the battle, says municipal and environmental advocate Glen Murray.

Murray gave the keynote address at the opening of CUPE's national all-committee meeting in Ottawa. The former Winnipeg mayor and newly-appointed head of the Canadian Urban Institute described his frustration with the Harper government's environmental record, calling it an "appalling disgrace".

It's part of a broader right-wing assault that Murray says "is turning us from citizens into consumers. And it's driving an ideology that tells us to act as individuals in our own interest and abandon the fundamental principles of being a citizen and to abandon a commitment to a civil society."

Murray described the importance of building coalitions to turn the tide of privatization and rebuild inclusive, healthy neighbourhoods.

He spoke strongly against privatization of public services. "You cannot transfer the public trust for the quality of your water or sewage treatment – you cannot trust those things to the private sector, any more than you can trust your personal health to the private sector," he said...

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is Canada's largest union.

The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in urban areas across Canada and internationally.

Links and sources
  CUPE website
  Canadian Urban Institute website

Posted: April 01, 2008

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