Premier opens Ontario chambers’ AGM at downtown Cornwall restaurant

Allan O'Dette, seen here during a visit in Cornwall in November 2014, is the president of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The OCC is holding its AGM in Cornwall through Sunday May 3, 2015. (Cornwall Newswatch)

CORNWALL – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne dodged public sector protestors as she made her way into the back entrance of an upscale downtown restaurant.

She was here for the Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM opening social Thursday night.

Members of OPSEU were outside the front of Table 21 and Truffles Burger Bar in the 100 block of Pitt Street late Thursday afternoon with placards and a large caricature puppet of Wynne.

They were ready to grill the premier on contracting out government services, saying the public sector can do it cheaper and more efficiently.

Inside the restaurant, Wynne pressed the flesh with the business sector as she tailored her remarks to the audience.

She told them she wants ideas on how the government can create jobs and drive growth suggesting she has a vested interest in their success.

Wynne also mentioned the demonstrators outside saying both sides are in a difficult position because there’s no more money and it’s tough bargaining.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce continues through Sunday morning at Nav Center on Montreal Road.

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