The home stretch of this election is here. How Canadian workers vote on election day will determine if Canada’s future will secure good jobs and progress, or risk backsliding into austerity.
With polls showing a neck-and-neck sprint to the finish line, it’s more important than ever for Canadian workers to get out and vote in their interest. Your ballot could determine the difference between who represents us in the next term of Parliament. Will we have a progressive, forward-thinking government that understands that the jobs of tomorrow must be good, high-paying jobs with bright prospects? Or will we trade good wages for low wages and good benefits for no benefits?
Voters in construction and building trade unions hold real power to help decide this election, and all the major political parties understand that. This year’s election has marked the first time in a generation that we’ve seen the Conservatives join the Liberals and New Democrats in making a concerted effort to court union members. While there are legitimate reasons for workers viewing Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole’s labour-friendly appeals with skepticism, his effort to try and earn labour’s trust shows that all the parties recognize not just the power but also the productive policies that unions bring to the table to create a more fair and prosperous Canada. Whichever party takes home the most seats, we must hold them accountable and ensure that they follow through on their commitments to workers and work collaboratively with unions.
This year, let’s come together to be the deciders in this election. Your vote can make all the difference.
In the 2019 election, 18 ridings were decided by less than 1,000 votes. Nine ridings were decided by less than 500 votes. And two were decided by just over 150 votes. This year, polls show the Liberals and the Conservatives jockeying for first place in the popular vote in the last week, with the NDP also on course for a solid third place. Ridings across Canada will be decided by tight margins that your vote could help tip towards a progressive candidate.
Will our next government be committed to a just transition for Canada’s energy sector as we face down the growing impact of climate change?
Will we elect a Parliament led by leaders who understand that there’s a difference between a job and a good job – that good wages, strong benefits and work-life balance are essential to Canadians’ livelihood and well-being?
Will we have a Prime Minister who understands the importance of unions in building and preserving the middle class? Will they use the power of federal government spending to invest in communities through Fair Wage Policies and Community Benefits Agreements?
The parties have made their positions known through their platforms and through their actions. The rest is up to us.
This year more than ever, your vote is your voice. Let your candidates hear you. Join the movement for good jobs and choose a progressive, pro-worker candidate when you cast your ballot in this election – and together, we’ll build the good jobs that will support Canada’s and Canadians’ future.