By Rawb Leon-Carlyle
Members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (the PSAC) braved the cold on Thurs. March 1. They were protesting against federal cutbacks on public services.
Demonstrators chanted and gave short speeches about the possible consequences of the cutbacks.
“In anticipation of the Conservative austerity budget … we are here standing in solidarity, protesting the unnecessary austerity agenda,” Lori Walton, PSAC’s Atlantic Director, announced to the crowd.
The federal budget, to be released March 29, is expected to tighten the budget of Canada’s public sector. But the PSAC believes the cuts will do more harm than good.
“We have to look no further than our own backyard,” Walton said. She mentioned public services like the Maritime Rescue Sub-Centre, which saves the lives of fisherpersons and others who travel off the Atlantic coast.
Kyle Buott, president of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council, also spoke to demonstrators. He described Canada’s 61 billionaires as 61 alternatives to the proposed cutbacks.
The 61 billionaires, he explained, are twice as wealthy as the bottom 17 million Canadians combined.
“Today, across Canada, in gatherings like this one, concerned workers are standing up and speaking up,” declared Walton. “You will hear our voices form a wave from east to west, north and south. We will continue to stand together with you and for you to save our valuable public services.”
Lori Walton talks to Peninsula News about the PSAC. Day of Action