Begins: 16 January 2024
Location: Chatham, ON
CHATHAM, ON —/COMMUNITYWIRE/— Facing pressing financial challenges, the Chatham-Kent region is under the looming threat of losing nearly $150 million by 2025-26, a consequence of the province’s planned program spending decreases. This significant reduction in funding, particularly impacting social services, education, and healthcare, raises serious concerns for thousands in the community.
As an impending byelection approaches, the region finds itself at a critical juncture, potentially facing adverse consequences if Conservative representation continues.
On Tuesday morning in Chatham, Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario, will present comprehensive research findings and propose concrete solutions during the Ontario government’s province-wide pre-budget consultations. The focus of the presentation will be on the glaring disparities in public services funding, emphasizing the evident and painful inequalities prevalent across Ontario, particularly in the Chatham-Kent region.
This public hearing not only serves as a crucial platform for CUPE Ontario to advocate for a more equitable and compassionate budget but also underscores the risks associated with potential political shifts in the region. It is imperative that the community fully understands the repercussions of maintaining Conservative representation, as highlighted by the alarming financial projections.
WHO: Fred Hahn, President of CUPE Ontario
WHAT: Public hearing as part of the Ontario government’s province-wide pre-budget consultations
WHEN: 10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Tuesday, January 16
WHERE: Derby Event Centre, Retro Suites Hotel, 2 King St. West, Chatham, Ontario, N7M 1C6
Katrina McGaughey, CUPE Communications