I’m pretty steamed right now.
You see, I come from a forestry dependent community where my friends, neighbours, and family members count on forestry jobs.
For decades, the BC NDP have told us they stand up for workers. But as we face serious challenges from U.S. trade action against our softwood lumber industry, we’re learning now just how hollow the NDP’s words really are.
At the start of this election campaign, John Horgan had this to say about getting a fair softwood deal with the United States: “good luck with that”.
Many of us were shocked to see the BC NDP leader throwing in the towel instead of pledging to fight for BC jobs. But now we know why.
Just a few days later, Leo Gerard, president of the Pittsburgh-based United Steelworkers union, stood next to President Donald Trump and endorsed the president’s attack on BC forestry workers. Gerard even accepted the pen Trump used to sign his executive order as a gift. And John Horgan didn’t even question it – he went out of his way to defend Gerard’s actions.
Well, guess what: Leo Gerard and the United Steelworkers gave John Horgan and the BC NDP almost $700,000 in 2016 --- the biggest political donation in BC history. And yesterday, it was revealed that the Steelworkers are directly paying the salaries of the BC NDP’s top campaign officials.
It was the Steelworkers that helped launch a U.S. trade action against B.C.-based Catalyst Paper in 2015 – the same year that Horgan made Gerard an honourary life member of the BC NDP.
And it was the Steelworkers that petitioned the U.S. government last year to slap a 50% tariff on Canadian aluminum – a move that would have killed 1,000 B.C. jobs at RioTintoAlcan in Kitimat.
The bottom line is the John Horgan BC NDP is bought and paid for by a big American union that’s fighting for U.S. jobs at the expense of B.C. workers.
No wonder Horgan is refusing to stand up for B.C. jobs.
The choice in this election is crystal clear. Only Premier Christy Clark and Today’s BC Liberals will have the backs of B.C. workers in these challenging and uncertain times. Since the launch of the BC Jobs Plan in 2011, B.C. has led the country by gaining 9,825 new forest sector jobs – an increase of 17%.
We need to keep going – creating and protecting jobs that support healthy families and strong communities. You can’t trust John Horgan or the BC NDP to do that – not with the U.S. Steelworkers pulling their strings.
Thanks for your support,
BC Liberal Candidate