They have left no doubt — they will use legislative muscle to blunt the inalienable right of workers to withdraw services as their last bargaining tool, even going as far as to demand that workers accept less than their employer had offered.
The federal New Democrats stood with workers in this country and they did so knowing full well that — according to one public sounding last week — seven of 10 Canadians backed Harper and just wanted their mail.
But this marathon showed something else over the weekend.
An NDP caucus that we in the media have often derided as a collection of kids and accidental MPs grew up real fast.
Exhibit A: Charmaine Borg, the NDP MP for Terrebonne-Blainville and all of 20 years old, who spoke for future generations as a member of that generation.
“We must oppose (back-to-work legislation) for the workers of yesterday who fought for collective negotiation rights, for today’s workers who want to maintain their rights and for the future workers who want to exercise those rights,” she said.
The bulldozer was always going to win but that doesn’t mean you just wave it through.
If it looks like Layton and his gang jumped out of the way, it’s because sometimes, it’s just smart to make a point, then get out of the way before you are crushed.
Thank you Jack and the NDP MPs - you made me proud!