CAW President Visits Kitchener to Rally Members for Federal Election

October 2, 2008, 8:32 AM EST

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CAW President Ken Lewenza will be in Kitchener this afternoon for the first time as the union's national president, laying out the CAW's platform of strategic voting. This includes targeted support for specific candidates, with the goal of preventing a Stephen Harper Conservative majority.

"If Stephen Harper gets the majority government that he's looking for, years from now we won't be able to recognize this country," said Lewenza. 

On behalf of the union, Lewenza will be throwing his support behind Liberal candidate Orlando DaSilva, who is running in the Kitchener-Conestoga riding. The seat is currently held by Conservative MP Harold Albrecht who has been accused by local workers as ignoring their plight as thousands of family-supporting manufacturing jobs disappear from the community.

Pre-election Rally

Today: Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 3:45 p.m.

Location: Kitchener Frame Plant parking lot

1011 Homer Watson Blvd., Kitchener, ON   N2G 4G8


The demonstrators will then march to MP Harold Albrecht' s office located at: 153 Country Hill Drive, Kitchener, Ontario. The event will include speeches by Lewenza, Kitchener-Waterloo Director for the YWCA Elizabeth Clarke and CAW local union presidents. 


In the Cambridge riding, the CAW will be endorsing Liberal candidate Gord Zeilstra and in an ABC strategic voting strategy (Anyone But Conservative) in all other local ridings.

In a region marked by job loss, the recent economic downturn and government inaction are top concerns for CAW members across the Waterloo region. Recent job losses include the January closure of tool-and-die shop Ledco (100 jobs), the pending closure of Martinrea Kitchener Frame (800 jobs), the closure of snowblower and lawnmower manufacturer MTD later this month (240 jobs), the May closure of Engel Plastics in Guelph (225 jobs lost) and the last November lay-off at auto parts maker Lear Corporation (284 jobs), just to name a few.  

The meeting is part of a leadership election tour by Lewenza to various communities across Ontario over the next two weeks. For more information on the tour, please visit:

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