Canadian Labour Congress

Canadian Labour Congress

October 07, 2005 09:32 ET

Prime Minister's New York Speech: Taking a Stand

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, World News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 7, 2005) - "In resources communities across the country, working people and their families are pleased to see the Prime Minister stand up for Canada in front of an American business audience," says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress about the speech, delivered last night at the Economic Club in New York.

"Ten of thousands of workers and their communities have lost their jobs and continue to suffer untold hardship because of the United States' government reckless disregard for the law in our trade in softwood lumber and in beef."

"While, the Canadian labour movement still opposes NAFTA and its explicit dismissal of workers' rights and of the public interest, we are heartened by the Prime Minister's analysis that US actions 'bring into question the integrity of NAFTA'."

With a call for a face-to-face meeting with the Prime Minister to discuss these issues, Georgetti notes that: "The Prime Minister speaks of 'a people's agenda' and 'fair trade': this will require that he turns his words into actions on behalf of Canadian workers. The labour movement is ready to participate fully because NAFTA isn't working for workers."

Finally, Georgetti praises the government for being clear in its opposition to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve. "We owe it to the generations to come to do everything we can to enforce the treaties on wildlife and environmental protections. However, our principled position should not come with further concessions to the Americans on control of our own energy resources."

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:

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