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Jagmeet Singh: We’re going to keep on fighting

August 12, 2022 | News Articles

The Leader of Canada’s New Democratic Party Jagmeet Singh applauded Steelworkers for their contributions that make communities a better place.

“Every one of you contributes to making your communities a better place,” said Jagmeet, at the 2022 Constitutional Convention in Las Vegas. “Every one of you works hard, for your members, for your fellow workers, where you work, and to make your communities better.”

Singh reminded delegates that changes impact all workers, not just Steelworkers. “Every single time you fight for better wages or good jobs, every single time you fight for better working conditions, you are improving the working conditions of your members, but really of all workers.”

In both Canada and the U.S., the pandemic took a toll directly on workers. “People are looking at this situation, the cost of living going up, who’s paying the price? Certainly not wealthy CEOs, certainly not rich corporations,” said Singh.

“We need politicians to show up for workers to respect workers and to deliver the help that workers need,” he said. “And, I can tell you that the New Democratic Party will always be there for workers.”

While much progress has been made in Canada, much more needs to be done. “We are going to keep on fighting every step of the way,” said Singh. “We’re going to fight to make sure the ultra-rich pay their fair share and reinvest that back into the people. We’re going to fight for more action on the climate crisis by creating new jobs. We’re going to fight for fair trade laws that protect workers and lift workers up.”

John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia, could not join in person but thanked the Steelworkers for their support. 

He highlighted that over the past five years, the B.C. government has made significant changes for workers making it easier for workers to join a union, introducing paid sick days and implementing the highest minimum wage in Canada.

“These are basic changes in how we operate in British Columbia, directly resulting from the NDP and the Steelworkers working together to lift working people up,” concluded the premier.

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