Statement on National Day of Mourning

Please read the following statement from Elizabeth May, Member of Parliament for Saanich–Gulf Islands and Leader of the Green Party of Canada, recognising National Day of Mourning (Workers Memorial Day):

“On the National Day of Mourning, Canadians commemorate workers who have died, been injured or become disabled or sick due to work-related incidents and poor workplace conditions. I am proud to have consistently supported workers rights throughout my time in Parliament, such as opposing back-to-work legislation, staying throughout the 2011 filibuster in support of CUPW and Canada Post workers and advocating for a ban on the use, import and export of asbestos, which remains a top cause of work-related death in Canada.

I recently voted for Bill C-58 to ban employers from hiring replacement workers in federally-regulated industries. When a union goes into a legal strike position, it is very important that they are able to exercise those rights because they are rights. I stand with workers and support their rights to collectively bargain as they strive for better working conditions and compensation for work-related incidents.”