Just when you thought the NDP and their insiders couldn’t make Alberta politics more corrosive, Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) President Gil McGowan, whose organization gets special privileges in the NDP constitution, went on a truly twisted and offensive rant on Twitter today.
Last week, United Conservatives introduced Bill 32. It’s legislation that keeps the promise Jason Kenney made to Albertans in the last election to bring more balance to Alberta’s labour laws and to give union workers the right to explicitly opt-in to having their union dues go towards funding union and political campaigns.
For example, McGowan’s AFL spent mandatory dues publicly fighting against the approval of every major pipeline project proposed over the past decade. Union members have the right to decide if their union dues go towards this type of campaigning.
What was McGowawn’s response?
“I’m accusing UCP of adopting tactics pioneered by Nazis,” McGowan said.
Albertans agreed when they sent United Conservatives into government with more than a million votes.
A recent poll done by SecondStreet.org, conducted by Leger, showed that 72 per cent of unionized workers oppose seeing their dues go to political activities and non-work initiatives.
Nearly 3 in 4 current/former unionized workers oppose their dues funding union boss political activities— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) July 13, 2020
It’s easy to see why.. Some of that included signing the Leap Manifesto, supporting the Maduro Venezuelan dictatorship, even flying in Tzeporah Berman & David Suzuki to speak https://t.co/QxD9ewsa1i pic.twitter.com/MNhzwfu75d
Given Rachel Notley gives AFL special privileges in the NDP, she should denounce his harmful comments. It diminishes the actual horror of Nazism and their horrific crimes. And it belittles the votes of more than a million Albertans.
Comparing peaceful enactment of legislation by a democratically elected premier to the strategies of the tyrannical Nazi regime diminishes Nazi crimes and is an insult to Canadian democracy. @gilmcgowan owes the Jewish community and all Canadians an apology! #abpoli #cdnpoli— Michael Mostyn (@MichaelMostyn) July 14, 2020