Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

June 29, 2005 14:21 ET

Equal Marriage: the House of Commons Did the Right Thing!

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - June 29, 2005) - Canadian working families applaud the adoption by the House of Commons of the bill that recognizes the equal right to marriage for all.

"For over two years, Canadian workers and their unions have been urging Parliament to get on with it because one after another, courts across Canada have been affirming equal marriage," says Marie Clarke Walker, executive vice-president of the Canadian Labour Congress.

"Canadian unionized workers long ago recognized the equality questions raised by this issue and have a proud history of standing up for same-sex relationships."

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.

"Two weeks ago in Montreal, at the Canadian Labour Congress' triennial convention, the 2,000 delegates had, once again, called on the federal government to immediately pass this law to recognize equal marriage. We urge the Senate to move quickly because any further delay becomes an unacceptable weakening of equality rights," concludes Marie Clarke Walker.

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: IN: ECONOMY, JUSTICE, LABOUR, POLITICS, SOCIAL

Contact Information

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