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OPP distances itself from Police Association political position

Monday, June 02, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

ONTARIO PROVINCIAL POLICE

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Today, the Ontario Provincial Police Association (OPPA) announced that they were launching a partisan election advertisement campaign. 

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) wants to make it clear to the public that it does not, in any way, support this OPPA campaign.

As part of the greater Ontario government, the OPP does not participate in or offer any opinions or positions regarding elections and politics.     

The advertisements related to the current provincial election were produced and paid for by OPPA and are not in any way supported by the Ontario Provincial Police. 

As such, their opinions are not those of the OPP.

The OPP has no opinion or position on the current election, the political parties involved or any of their party leaders.

The OPPA is an independent association which does not report to, and is not controlled by, the Ontario Provincial Police.

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Right of Centre 6/2/2014 8:36:38 PM Report

If the OPPA (the union for the OPP employees) does not represent the OPP employees, then who do they represent? Perhaps those they represent should fire them.

That goes for any union that no longer represents those it is paid to represent, especially public unions.

And they attempt to crucify Hudak over unions? I wonder why. I'm tired of hearing and reading of public employees complaining the union doesn't represent them when the crap hits the fan with the public in the media. It's your union, stand up to it. Do you not financially support it?
Justin Tetreault 6/2/2014 8:39:55 PM Report

OPPA does represent OPP employees.
Justin Tetreault 6/2/2014 8:40:53 PM Report

It doesn't represent the OPP as an organization.

It would be like if the NHLPA took a stance on something. That doesn't mean they were speaking for the NHL.
Entity 6/2/2014 8:42:57 PM Report

Well, it should be clarified that the OPPA represents OPP employees at the bargaining table; but doesn't necessarily represent the political affiliations of OPP employees.

Timbob 6/2/2014 9:10:03 PM Report

Actually, it's NOT like the NHLPA vs. the NHL.

The NHL is represented by the owners who pay the bills. On the opposite side, the NHLPA represents the players who get paid.

In this case the OPPA represents the OPP employees who get paid, and the OPP represents... ummm... the... (management) employees who also get paid. The "owners" in this case would be the taxpayers - who really don't have a say in anything anymore it seems.
Twistinwrenches 6/2/2014 9:13:18 PM Report

So the OPP are investigating the Libs for criminal activity on one hand and on the other they are supporting them in this election . This stinks !!
Sam C 6/2/2014 9:22:27 PM Report

A better analogy would be the OPPA is similar to the OSSTF, the teacher's union.

The OSSTF may speak on behalf of its membership (but not necessarily individual members) and support a particular candidate or party. But the OSSTF does not represent the view of the School Boards which employ its members.

Part of the confusion is that the union shares a very similar name to the employer. (OPPA/OPP)
Justin Tetreault 6/2/2014 9:27:45 PM Report

And the OPPA did not come out in support of the Liberals. They specifically said they were not endorsing Liberals or NDP. Their message was anti-Hudak.
Twistinwrenches 6/2/2014 9:34:25 PM Report

The Libs have given in to every public sector union and are left of the NDP . So yes they are backing the criminal Liberals .
David Poluck 6/2/2014 10:05:27 PM Report

Warning!
It's along way to the top if you want to rock and roll!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbCJMrsd3BA

66cherokee 6/2/2014 10:35:21 PM Report

So the OPP are investigating the Liberals, and the officers are members of the OPPA, so do they investigate with impartiality? I have a great respect for police officers, but this sort of crosses the line. Maybe because of this, the RCMP should step in and take over the investigation of the Provincial Liberals in the alleged wrongdoings in Toronto .
freedom1 6/3/2014 5:17:49 AM Report

The nurses don't want people to vote CONservative. The teachers don't want people to vote CONservative. The indigenous don't want people to vote CONservative. The veterans don't want people to vote CONservative. Now the OPP don't want people to vote CONservative.

I think people are starting to finally wake up and realize the interests of the CONservative party is not the same interests of the people. The CONservatives are trying to screw all these people so a few CEO's that make millions can make a few more million. Unless your a CEO which your not don't vote for CONservative.
Me Myself an I 6/3/2014 6:38:26 AM Report

@Twistinwrenches The liberals have giving in to every public union? Really?

I guess it was the unions that wanted 1000s of employees cut, wage freezes, benefit cuts, sic day cuts, cuts to retirement benefits, etc. all of which happened under the libs.
suckerminnows 6/3/2014 6:50:15 AM Report

like i said before and now again if the people in ontario vote for that HUDAK they have rocks in there heads
mikethedike 6/3/2014 8:01:14 AM Report

Well said TIMBOB.
Twistinwrenches 6/3/2014 8:05:17 AM Report

I wonder if an OPP pulls you over in your car and you have a PC sticker on it will they give you a break or nail you to the wall ??
Thim 6/3/2014 8:30:32 AM Report

According to Christina Blizzard, a respected Toronto lawyer said he believes the ads are illegal and may contravene the Ontario Public Service Act which prohibits civil servants from engaging in political activities unless they take an unpaid leave of absence.

“Yes, I think they have broken the law,” said Paul Copeland, a life bencher with the Law Society, in a telephone interview.

So, this should apply to our local firefighters as well.

Tom Brason
Right Winger 6/3/2014 8:41:22 AM Report

I am plain sick and tired of public employees complaining about anything. They are well compensated for their jobs. They have far more job security than any private sector employee does. Their benefits packages are generally better than those in the private sector.

Funny thing is when Hudak wants to cut 100000 jobs, those unions won't offer up concessions to save those jobs. So who is really the bad guy?
Right Winger 6/3/2014 8:48:33 AM Report

freedom,

Funny how its the Government workers that don't want people to vote fore the PC's. I wonder why that is?

Again, CUPE nor OPSEU would offer to make concessions to save their Brothers and Sisters.
Norm 6/3/2014 10:07:41 AM Report

OPP are in the business of policing.The taxpayer will continue to pay their salaries regardless of what government is elected. OPP would be wise to stick to policing and stay out of the fickle game of politics.
Battler213 6/3/2014 10:40:33 AM Report

Thim: Local firefighter? Are you talking about the RETIRED firefighter Rod Fremlin?
blackspruce 6/3/2014 11:23:27 AM Report

It is so sad that people are still being told by dictators how they should vote. Decide for yourself, you do have a brain vote for the person that you think will help us the most.
Mr. Poster 6/3/2014 1:43:39 PM Report

It does not bother me that the police would have an opinion on who to vote for. Voters are smart enough to support the candidate of their choice...not be swayed by ANY group making suggestions on how we should vote.
Lovethenorth 6/3/2014 2:21:35 PM Report

How many government workers do you think there are? The Ontario Public Service has only 65,000 workers. Not sure where that 100,000 is going to come from. Don't believe everything you hear on the news!
Justin Tetreault 6/3/2014 3:35:01 PM Report

The 100,000 is directly from Hudak's platform.
blackspruce 6/3/2014 4:02:55 PM Report

Sorry Mr Poster reading some of these comments eg. from freedom we have a lot of rats that will follow the pie piper. I worked for a Union for many years and they always tried to pull the crap that we have to vote NDP. I voted NDP when I thought they had somebody worth voting for
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