An ideal environment to make headways

The day after October 21st, Canadian voters chose to send representatives from five parties and an independent to Ottawa. With 157 MPs the Liberals obtained the highest representation in Parliament. However, they did not get the number of MPs needed (170) to form a majority government. In terms of representation, they are followed by the Conservatives with 121 Bloc Québécois MPs with 32 MPs, the NDP with 24 MPs and the Green Party with 3 MPs.

The election of a minority government increases our balance of power over the government’s machine.  No longer able to count on a majority of MPs, the government will be much more reluctant to take action that will benefit only large corporations and the richest 1% of citizens.

Fragile, this new government will be much more sensitive to social dialogue and open to compromise. In this context, opposition parties and civil society groups such as trade unions will have more influence over government decisions. This is the ideal time to try to achieve significant gains for the labour movement and improve the quality of life of the middle class and people living in precarious conditions.

By showing solidarity and building on a range of specific objectives such as the implementation of universal drug plan, EI reform, energy transition or the fight against tax havens, we can promote a redistribution of wealth and promote social equality.

One of our goals at the Machinists Union is to require the federal government to create a strong and consistent strategy for our aerospace sector. Representing 65% of unionized workers in this sector in Quebec and being the largest aerospace and air transport union in Canada, one of our mandates is to propose concrete initiatives to ensure the future of this industry. In 2019, with the release of the Documents grounded potential out of our Canadian office and propelling Quebec to new heights, for a renewed commitment to aerospace by the Quebec Machinists, we presented our vision for the industry.  After having raised party awareness during the election campaign, we will continue to work to get Ottawa to implement a long-term approach that will put aerospace at the service of our interests.

If we are to contribute to the construction of tomorrow’s society and economy, we must build on our strength in political action by intervening in the political debate. Our elected officials must be required to put our collective interests at the top of their priorities, especially those of the workers who are the main creators of wealth in this country. To achieve this, we must take our place, challenge our elected representatives and intervene in the political debate by proposing solutions.