Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty Gets the Boot

October 6, 2008, 5:00 PM EST

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Thousands of used work boots were left outside Finance Minister Jim Flaherty's campaign office in Whitby, Ontario on October 6 - a stark symbol of the nearly 200,000 manufacturing jobs lost in Canada under his Conservative government's watch.

Hundreds of CAW members and local activists gathered outside Flaherty's office waving flags, placards and banners, highlighting the destructive impact of Harper government policies on Canada's beleaguered manufacturing sector as well as other sectors of Canada's sinking economy.

The massive pile of work boots were collected from workers around Ontario who have lost jobs during the manufacturing jobs crisis.

CAW President Ken Lewenza said "everything that Canada stands for in terms of the collective good is at risk with this election and a possible Stephen Harper majority. This party's ideology is let the mighty survive on the backs of the country's most vulnerable and that's not the Canada we want."

Workers who have been laid off from Chrysler's Brampton assembly plant, Progressive Moulded Plastics, CAMI Automotive, and other manufacturing plants around Ontario outlining the hardship they and their families are suffering through.

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