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This year, Labour Day was all about the federal election.
Victoria Fenner, host of Election SoundUp, went to the Barrie and District Labour Council's Picnic. She just moved to the area. Barrie has the distinction of being both the birthplace of Stockwell Day and also the first, and only, riding east of Manitoba to elect a Reform Party candidate. That was in 1993. His name was Harper too. First name Ed. And, the former federal politician Patrick Brown has made headlines lately because he is the new leader of the Ontario Conservative party, who just won a byelection just north of Barrie. He won by a wide margin. No swing ridings up here.
2:16 -- Joanie Cameron Pritchett was the organizer of the Labour Day Picnic in Barrie, hosted by the Barrie and District Labour Council. She also celebrated the day by launching her new business, Unions Work. Joanie and Victoria talked about how to the change the outcome in solid Conservative strongholds like Barrie and District. Followed by some opinions by people at the picnic about what they think the most important issue of Election 42 is.
9:00 -- Labour Day Soundscape. The Internationale has been one of the signature anthems of the international labour movement since the late 19th century. Victoria Fenner and Edward St. Moritz composed this setting together. Edward plays an itinerant street musician looking for a place to play and happening on a political protest.
13:11 -- Music: Harperman by Tony Turner. And finally, one thing we can say about Stephen Harper -- he's sure motivated people to write songs. So many good songs have been written in the years of the Harper Regime. One of them that is getting traction is the now infamous "Harperman" by Tony Turner of Ottawa. The song got a lot more attention when Tony was suspended from his civil service job because of it.
This coming Thursday, September 17, is a national Harperman Singalong Day. Go to the website harperman.ca to see if there is a Harperman singalong near you. So far, 36 locations are listed. And there's still time to organize one in your community.
Theme music "Gotta Vote" by Charly Chiarelli and Seven String Sam.
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