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(businesspress24) - HAMILTON, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 01/15/16 -- When Members of Provincial Parliament travel to Hamilton on January 18 for pre-budget consultations, they will be met with community protests over austerity cuts and privatization. The Ontario Federation of Labour and the Ontario Common Front will be joining the Ontario Health Coalition in Hamilton to protest the deep cuts to Ontario hospitals and social programs.

"Here in Hamilton, we are seeing the effects of austerity in every community. Hospital cuts, hydro privatization, mounting student debt, precarious jobs and Canada''s lowest social program funding are taking their toll in every neighbourhood," said Ahmad Gaied, Executive Vice-President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. "Ontarians are calling on the Wynne Government to abandon her austerity agenda and lay out a plan for restoring public services, growing our economy, expanding Ontario''s revenue base and lifting standards for everyone. The next Ontario budget shouldn''t be constrained by government cuts, it should create an Ontario in which everyone prospers."

"Nine consecutive years of real-dollar cuts have plunged Ontario into last place in hospital funding. Patients are being left on stretchers in hallways, surgeries are being cancelled and vital health services are being privatized, subject to user fees, or moved out of town," said Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition. "It is beyond time that these devastating hospital cuts be stopped. The Ontario government must restore our public hospital funding to at least the average of all the other provinces in Canada."

Patients, workers, students, seniors and anti-poverty activists will rally outside the Hamilton consultations of the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs.

WHAT: Community protest of Hamilton Pre-Budget Consultation

WHERE: Sheraton Hamilton Hotel, 116 King St. W, Hamilton

WHEN: Noon on Mon. Jan. 18, 2016


Similar protests will take place at every pre-budget consultation in Ontario.

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The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario. For information, visit and follow (at)OFLabour on and .

Ontario Health Coalition represents more than 400 member organizations and a network of Local Health Coalitions and individual members. For information, visit and follow (at)OntarioHealthC on and .


Joel Duff
OFL Communications Director
416-707-0349 (cell)


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Date: 01/15/2016 - 16:05
Language: English
News-ID 1409204
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