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Canadians Choose Change

Canadians made their choice.

They sent a clear message by electing a Liberal majority. Canadians are eager for change and expressed it eloquently. The challenges ahead are great, but this new generation of politicians was brought to power with a strong mandate.

The drawn-out election campaign allowed Justin Trudeau to speak out on several issues that are important not only for the workers we represent, but for all citizens of this country.

Traditionally, Teamsters Canada does not tell its members how to vote and the 2015 federal elections were no exception to this rule. We chose to inform our members on the issues that impact them and their families, but above all, we encouraged them to vote.

Job losses in the manufacturing sector, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, safety in the rail industry, aging infrastructures, the mental health of workers, employment insurance and assistance for refugees are just a few of the issues that caught our attention in the past 78 days.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind the leader of the Liberal Party that he promised to repeal Bills C-377 and C-525, which infringe on workers’ freedom to associate and on the operation of unions. We are counting on him to make good on his word as soon as possible.

Like their fellow Canadians, the men and women we represent paid close attention to what the parties had to say, and they have made their choice.

I would also like to acknowledge the commitment of all of our union leaders and representatives, from Vancouver to St. John’s, Newfoundland and in the Far North. I am very proud of their tireless efforts to remind our 120,000 members of how important their vote is.

I am particularly pleased with the excellent work of the youth of Teamsters Canada on social media to get those aged 35 and under out to vote. They organized a creative and positive campaign.

I thank all candidates from all parties for having the courage to take part in the democratic process. Their commitment is crucial to the health of our society.

Lastly, I would like to congratulate Justin Trudeau, the 23rd Prime Minister of Canada and his team. As always, Teamsters Canada will continue to look out for the best interests of its members and of all Canadians.

François Laporte


Teamsters Canada

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"I was a Shop Steward and was also on the contract negotiation team. The Union took the time and trouble to learn all about our industry and what we do. This means they are better able to fight for us whether it is on the job or at the bargaining table. We have the best contract in our industry. Thanks guys!"

- Gerald Price - Agrifoods

"I was employed for many years at a Teamster company that was shut down due to the economy. Because of my age, I was worried about starting over. Bobby, Bob and Paul not only negotiated a much better severance package than was in the contract, but they also went the extra mile and got me on at one of their other companies with an even better contract.They continued to help me even though it wasn't their job to."

- Armando Borean

“They have demonstrated the dedication and leadership that
our Local requires. They have always provided sound counsel, support, and frank
discussion on matters involving the members, contract negotiations and our

- Bruce Tillapaugh –Shop Steward. Island Farms, Victoria