Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

February 16, 2005 09:51 ET

Equal Marriage: Let's Get On With It!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 16, 2005) - As the bill to recognize equal right to marriage comes up for debate today in the House of Commons, the Canadian Labour Congress is urging all MPs to do the right thing and adopt the bill without delay.

"Canadian unionized workers have a long and proud history of standing up for same-sex relationships," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress. "For us, it has always been a simple question about basic equality among workers and human rights under the law."

Unionized workers have gone to the bargaining table and the courts on behalf of colleagues who asked to have their partners recognized under the workplace's benefit and pension plans. Unions have gone to the legislatures and the courts when they fought to have their partners and their families recognized under government benefit programs. The labour movement has invested resources to foster respect and understanding through union education on sexual orientation and gender identity.

"Now it's Parliament's turn," explains Georgetti. "It's not about giving a new right to same-sex couples. It is about acknowledging a right they already have."

"Let's get on with it, without delay. Because delay would be an offense under our Charter of Rights and Freedoms and an offense to our Canadian sense of inclusive citizenship.

"Much worse, delay would be a gift to those who don't want Parliament to debate the relief from poverty, reform of Employment Insurance, a national child care program, the security of retirement income or a country-wide strategy to create sustainable family-supporting jobs," concludes Georgetti.

The Canadian Labour Congress, the national voice of the labour movement, represents 3 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labour and 137 district labour councils. Web site: /For further information: Jeff Atkinson, 613-526-7425 or 613-863-1413/ IN: ECONOMY, JUSTICE, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Jean Wolff, Director of Communications Department, Canadian Labour Congress
    Primary Phone: 613-526-7431
    Secondary Phone: 613-878-6040