The nominations are in, our readers have looked high and low (mostly very low) to find the most worthy candidates for our Scumbag of the Year award. We have narrowed the field of choices to the 11 scummiest of scumbags picked by our readers. Make sure to vote for your candidate below and share with your family and friends. Voting closes December 30. Happy holidays!
Meet the candidates
–Karl Baldauf, VP at Ontario Chamber of Commerce: Karl has been at the forefront of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s campaign to keep Ontario workers in poverty by opposing the $15 minimum wage and stronger labour laws.
–Galen Weston Jr., CEO & President of Loblaw Companies Limited: What a year for Weston Jr. and his company. Lobalw cut hundreds of jobs, closed dozens of stores, organized against a $15 minimum wage, got caught in an offshore tax avoidance scheme, and got busted in a 14 year price fixing scheme on bread – all while pulling huge profits. Did we mention Weston Jr.’s family net worth is well over $8 billion.
–Rezaul Chowdhury, President of D-J Engineering Inc.: Chowdhruy has locked out 32 aerospace workers from Unifor local 597 in Newfoundland and Labrador for over a year.
–Don Sinclair, CEO of the College Employer Council: Forced out Ontario college faculty on their longest ever strike by refusing to negotiate.
–Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance: Caught in a blatant conflict of interest over tax reform that favours the rich and leading the charge to set-up the new Canada Infrastructure Bank which will be used to create yet more P3s.
–Carla Qualtrough, Public Services and Procurement Minister: The current minister in charge of the on-going Phoenix payroll crisis.
–Alex Petro, Owner of The Alehouse in London: Petro became notorious over the summer for putting up huge signs against a $15 minimum wage outside his bar. He also hosted the far-right wing PEGIDA after their Islamophobic demo in the city in the summer.
–Eddie Lampert, CEO of Sears Holdings: Lampert and his management team sunk Sears Canada, destroyed 12,000 jobs, is screwing over workers on severance and their pensions all while giving themselves nice bonuses.
–Julia Dumanian, CEO at the Canadian Hearing Society: Dumanian forced out over 200 CHS workers on a two month strike ovr improved sick leave provisions and wage increases after a four year wage freeze. Dumanian herself got a 75 percent increase in pay over three years.
–Paul Godfrey, President and CEO of Postmedia: Godfrey and Postmedia have continued to slash and burn the media, cutting jobs, closing papers all while giving themselves nice fat bonuses.
–Hunter Harrison’s corpse, former CEO at CN and CP rail: Harrison is a perennial candidate for this award and our readers aren’t letting his little dirt nap get in the way of his chance at finally winning. Harrison was a union buster extraordinaire and wouldn’t let a little thing like 47 deaths in Lac-Mégantic stop him from complaining about government overregulation of safety in the industry.