As the 2019 Canadian federal elections approach, the party leaders sought to wheedle the workers on the occasion of Labour Day. From Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, all were seen in Hamilton, Ontario to observe the day.
Trudeau attended the Labour Day parade, where he interacted with the protesters, who demanded vigorous action for mercury poisoning victims in Grassy Narrows First Nation. On the other hand, Scheer was seen at the Labour Day football match between the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger Cats.
As a nexus of the steel industry and related trades, Hamilton has been long-linked to Canada’s union movement. The city also features five federal ridings, including two of the Liberals, two of the NDP and one of Conservatives.
According to the experts, the Hamilton Centre riding will probably be tightly fought between the NDP and the Liberals in the upcoming Canada election. David Christopherson, MP from the NDP, has announced his retirement after representing the city for almost 10 years, making his seat vulnerable.
Further, NDP’s agenda is to grab riding of Hamilton East-Stoney Creek from the Liberals. The party is quite hopeful for garnering support from steelworkers who are unhappy about their handling by the current local Liberal MP.
Jagmeet Singh addressed the union workers on the Labour Day, assuring that if his party wins the Canada Election, a legislation to abolish the authority of companies to employ temporary workers in replacement of striking workers. He also pledged to right away increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, and best protect the rights of contract workers.
Meanwhile, PM Trudeau highlighted his government’s plans and efforts to boost the living standards of workers. He mentioned the expenditure done for skills training and policies to protect joint bargaining rights, along with other things.