I have to give CBC’s Mike Crawley credit for exposing this Machiavellian move by the Ontario Liberal Government.
If I understand this correctly, the Wynne Liberals quietly created a new government agency to provide home care, and will thereby encourage many PSWs to leave private agencies and become Ontario government employees instead.
These new workers will likely become members of a powerful union (SEIU Healthcare) that has strong Liberal ties and is the key financial backer of Working Ontario Women which is running attack ads against Patrick Brown.
As Crawley points out, the political advantage for the Liberals is not lost on many in the industry:
“This is not about health care, this is about delivering these workers to this union,” said one industry insider who asked not to be identified to avoid potential business repercussions. “Everybody in health care knows that this is what this play is all about.”
So this will buy the union’s favour and they in turn will put out even more attack ads on Patrick Brown.
Wynne is cunning. I’ll give her that. Liberals always put their own party before everyone else’s interests; especially just before an election campaign.
Poll suggests union attack ads on Brown are taking a toll – Toronto Star
Working Ontario Women: A “pink-washed front group” – Sheila Gunn Reid via EBL News.