Federal Election called for September 20; Join us to support Canada’s NDP
August 20, 2021
To: MoveUP Members
As you may have heard, on Sunday the federal government triggered a snap election that will be held on September 20. Although being thrust into a federal election less than two years from the previous one is not what the majority of Canadians wanted, this opportunity provides us with an opportunity to elect candidates who truly demonstrate they understand the needs of supporting people – workers and families – to Ottawa, rather than those who continue to be beholden to big businesses and the wealthy and well-connected.
Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have seen the only party that consistently stepped up to ensure regular people were supported and prioritized was Canada’s NDP, led by Jagmeet Singh.
It was the NDP that called for increasing the wage subsidy to Canadians who suddenly found themselves out of work. It was the NDP who fought to remove profit out of long-term care. It was the NDP who called for a wealth-tax on those who profited off the pandemic.
It is the NDP that continues to call for programs that will benefit all Canadians – ones also promised but never delivered by the Liberals – including universal pharmacare, universal dental care, tackling the climate emergency, combatting hate crimes and hate groups, and committing to truth and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and supporting Indigenous rights.
Our union is proud to endorse the NDP, and we hope that our members will show their support at the ballot box as well as consider volunteering for your local riding to encourage friends, family and neighbours to support your local NDP candidate.
Election day is scheduled for September 20, with advance voting opportunities taking place from September 10 to 13. Visit elections.ca for more information on how and where to vote.
We will be connecting with all of you in the days to come leading up to election day to remind you to vote. As a reminder, under the Canada Elections Act, all workers who are eligible to vote are entitled to three consecutive hours of paid time off to do so. If you have any questions about taking time off to vote, please speak to your job steward.
David Black, President
Lori Mayhew & Rysa Kronebusch, Co-chairs, Political Action Committee