The Ontario and federal governments have abandoned pensioners and will pay a price at the ballot box unless they move to better protect pensions, autoworkers threatened Thursday as they descended on the provincial legislature by the thousands.
In a fiery speech to autoworkers and others outside the legislature, Canadian Auto Workers president Ken Lewenza said every worker deserves a pension, and chastised the government for trying to rob retirees of their dignity.
“They call you a legacy cost after your contribution to our country,” Lewenza told the crowd.
“You’re human beings that have bills, that need pension protection and pension income.”
Police pegged the rally at 6,000 strong, while the union said it drew 15,000 people. The Canadian Press