Tories sharpen their wedge issues, eye cuts to public-service pensions

November 4, 2013

John Ibbitson of the Globe and Mail

While everyone was parsing Stephen Harper’s speech and trying to eavesdrop on delegate gossip at the weekend’s Conservative policy convention, the real news centred on a pair of resolutions that could serve as an overture to a major confrontation between the government and public-service unions in 2014.

Apart from being consonant with conservative values – and don’t underestimate that – confronting public servants by clawing back their benefits would serve as a powerful wedge issue leading up to an election.

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