Canada kicked its anti-worker Conservative Party out of power this week in the country’s federal elections, giving the more moderate Liberal Party a majority in the Canadian Parliament. Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will succeed Conservative Stephen Harper as Prime Minister.
The labor-friendly New Democratic Party (NDP) couldn’t hold onto momentum gained from a recent “orange wave” of NDP support. The NDP will hold 44 of 338 seats in the new Canadian Parliament.
“I am extremely disappointed with the loss of so many veteran members of the NDP in last night’s election,” said IAM Canadian General Vice President Dave Ritchie. “Despite this Canada-wide setback, the NDP will continue to fight for the interests of Canadian workers. I want to take this opportunity to thank our membership for all of the hard work they provided during the longest election cycle in Canadian history.”
Statistics Canada’s job numbers for September point to the urgent need for a new government that will prioritize support for industry.
September saw a loss of 62,000 full-time jobs in September—the worst drop in full-time employment since October 2011. The net job gain of an unimpressive 12,100 jobs came from 74,000 new part-time jobs, continuing the troubling trend that has seen three quarters of all jobs created in the last six years as precarious—part-time, temporary or self-employed. Continue reading We need a government that will keep the good jobs at home→