February 25, 1993 (34th Parliament, 3rd Session)


Raymond John Skelly

New Democratic Party

Mr. Skelly (North Island-Powell River):

Mr. Speaker, the member looks at the history of her party in this place definitely through rose coloured glasses.
There were omissions of the Liberal Party in power as it herded the employees of the Public Service back to work. I guess the caution to those who watch her speak in the House on behalf of the Liberal Party is certainly beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing. The workers have been roughly handled by that government before. Clearly the promise is that this will not be imposed and then it simply turns around and imposes it. The question of putting people back to work with imposed settlements and without an opportunity to bargain was in many cases the order of the day.
Of course in Ontario, the TTC workers requested a vote on the offer. I think her view of things is certainly somewhat distorted by the rose coloured glasses and the effort to sell to the Public Service a message which really does not reflect the principles of this party with its likely prediction for the future.
That is of course on the GST, the trade agreement and all the other things that those members are preaching these days.

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