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Ontario should look to Wisconsin for a glimpse into its potential future

Union rights protected in Canada, but similarities disconcerting.

Crowds protest in Wisconsin.by Thomas Walkom, from The Toronto Star

The news over the past week or two has been saturated with reports from Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker wants to reduce collective bargaining rights severely, excluding issues other than wages from negotiations. And he wants to make paying union dues voluntary. In short, he wants to debilitate unions by attacking their members and paralyzing their effectiveness.

—The story from faraway Wisconsin, insofar as it has been covered at all in the Canadian media, is usually treated as a bit of a joke - one that centres on the unusual decision last week by Democratic state senators to hide out in neighbouring Illinois in order to delay a controversial budget vote.

In fact, what's going on in Wisconsin should be of real interest to Ontarians. It is an extraordinary story of how a state renowned for its moderate — even leftish — views has decided to solve its fiscal problems by destroying public sector unionsÂ…—

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Posted: February 24, 2011

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