TORONTO — Last-minute budget concessions by Ontario’s governing Liberals weren’t enough to placate throngs of demonstrators who descended on the legislature Saturday to show their displeasure with looming job and service cuts.
Thousands of protesters from more than 90 labour and community groups chanted slogans and waved placards as part of a province-wide campaign to tell Premier Dalton McGuinty and his minority government its budget cannot stand.
The masses that packed the grounds of Queen’s Park “are sending a signal to this premier that this budget is grossly unfair," said Sid Ryan, president of the Ontario Federation of Labour. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath told the cheering crowd she would rather avoid triggering another provincial election but would keep pushing to change what she called a “profoundly flawed" budget.
“We’re showing the people of this province that we are prepared to work to make the minority government work, but we’re also showing them the sort of Ontario we can build together," she said...That's side-splitting coming from a chick who's trying to strong-arm the government of a broke province to do what she wants. (Were there really "thousands" there, or is this a typical lefty media exaggeration of these type of "protests"?)