Sunday, April 29, 2007

Federation of Labour: "Kiss the riders goodbye"

Larry Hubich, President of the Saskatchewan Federation of labour says that the TILMA agreement, signed by BC and Alberta to remove trade barriers, will have perhaps the most devastating impact on Saskatchewan: The demise of the Saskatchewan Roughriders!

Says Larry:


In other words - "Sign TILMA and Kiss the Saskatchewan Roughriders Good-bye".

Why would he say such a thing? Because, theoretically, a professional football club could file a complaint under the agreement in the event that an opposing club receives a subsidy from the province or municipality.

I'm agnostic on the whole TILMA thing, but the problem with this union fear tactic is that ALL CFL clubs are hopelessly subsidized -- whether it be in the form of a near-free stadium, direct government handouts, or some other public charity scheme.

Any complaint under the agreement would be a severe scenario of pot calling kettle black, and would be laughed out of the room.

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