John Turmel calls for "Argentine solution" John C. Turmel is the Pauper Party candidate in the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection. John Turmel John C. Turmel is the Pauper Party candidate in the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection. Nick Iwanyshyn/The Guelph Mercury
WATERLOO — In a debt-ridden province where the government is under pressure to keep public servants' salaries under control, a professional poker player and byelection candidate proposes a fix from abroad.
He calls it the "Argentine solution," issuing civil workers government bonds instead of wages that can be used to pay for public services such as health care and hydro.
"I don't want no more strikes. These teachers, I'm going to give them bonds," says John C. Turmel, of Brantford.