YUSSUFF CALLS ON OFL MEMBERS TO HOLD TRUDEAU LIBERALS TO ACCOUNT The next , years present an opportunity to build the Canada we want, Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff said in a sweeping speech Tuesday .
“The work you did and our movement did across the country in defeating Stephen Harper was absolutely stellar,” he said. While the outcome of the election may not have been ideal, it ended a decade of rule by a prime minister who used racism and xenophobia as an election tool, who attacked unions and who set human rights back a decade. An important first step is to make a fresh commitment to health care. That means reversing Harper’s $36 billion in health care cuts and inking a new national health accord. It also means creating national pharmacare.
More than11 million Canadians can’t afford their prescriptions, he noted. “No working person in a rich country like ours should have to choose between medicine and paying the rent,” he said. In the next four years, we must hold Justin Trudeau to his promises to repeal Bill C-377, to begin an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women and to restore cardcheck certification. “If Trudeau is going to repeal C-525, then why won’t the Premier allow us to have cardcheck in Ontario,” he asked.
We must convince Trudeau to repeal, not revise Bill C-51, he said, adding we must push to radically change or walk away from the TPP, which will devastate the auto and other sectors. He closed by calling on OFL delegates to leave this C o n v e n t i o n united and stronger than ever before. “The enemies of this organization are not in this room; they are in board rooms and legislatures across the country,” he said. “When you leave, leave united, and tell the employers: You attack one of us, you attack all of us.”