One of Canada's biggest unions is a making a call for progressive voters to reject Justin Trudeau's Liberals for being too conservative.
Paul Moist, the national president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, has written a letter to left-wing activist group Leadnow criticizing their "Vote Together" campaign.
That campaign is designed to get left wing voters backing the NDP, Liberal or Green candidate, in order to defeat the Conservatives in potential swing ridings across Canada.
Huffington Post reports that in an April 10 letter Moist sent to Leadnow, the union boss called for progressive voters to ignore Trudeau in favour of real progressives:
"Neither the Liberal Party of Canada nor the Green Party are progressive,” the president of the union representing some 628,000 Canadian public workers said in his letter.
“Both parties have very right-wing economic policies, do not stand for working families or public services. Only the NDP has a progressive platform,” he stated.
CUPE, unlike its private sector counterpart UNIFOR, is still closely affiliated with the NDP.
Ontario's Liberal Party has successfully courted union votes to win the last four elections in that province, a move the federal Libetals hope to emulate.
Recent polls show Trudeau's Liberals may need the help, Ipsos has the party only leading in Atlantic Canada and trailing the Conservatives and NDP everywhere else.