Newspaper ad, demonstrations to greet Premier Campbell in Toronto Thursday

When Premier Campbell arrives at a special corporate dinner in Toronto Thursday, protesters and a full-page advertisement in the national edition of the Globe and Mail will welcome him.

Ironically, Campbell is back east to co-chair a lavish supper ceremony for elite business leaders to pay tribute to individuals who have made an “outstanding contribution to public service.”

The advertisement,— paid for by HEU, BCGEU, BCNU, BCTF, CUPE B.C., HSA and UFCW— criticizes Campbell for the huge cuts the Liberal government is making to health care and other critical public services. And the ad warns about the uncertainty created for potential investors because by ripping up signed contracts Campbell clearly can’t be trusted.

Meanwhile, protesters will greet and leaflet dinner attendees outside the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to highlight the Campbell government’s reckless agenda for health care and public services.

HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt says the joint effort is a positive example of B.C. unions working together to defend services and jobs.