The federal election this week saw Canadians elect as the Official Opposition a party that puts working families first. This historic campaign saw 102 New Democratic Party Members of Parliament elected, including two NDP MPs here in the capital region.
The Victoria Labour Council and our 24,000 affiliated members congratulate all candidates who took part in the federal election. We look forward to working with our MPs to promote the economic, social and environmental security and well being of all Canadians. The three MPs who were elected here this week are each supremely qualified to represent us.
In Victoria, respected MP Denise Savoie was re-elected handily. Denise has a long history of service to the community and we are pleased to welcome her back as MP for the next four years.
Next, we welcome Randall Garrison in Esquimalt-Jaun de Fuca as NDP MP-elect for the riding. Again, Randall has a long history of activism in the community having been a city council member who has actively pushed the living wage initiative in our region. Randall won the seat held for 17 years by retired veteran MP Keith Martin of the Liberals. We look forward to continuing to work with Randall.
We congratulate and welcome Elizabeth May, leader of the Green party as MP-elect in Saanich-Gulf islands. The election of a Green Party MP is a first in the country. Ms. May is new to our region, but we look forward to meeting with her and getting to know her over the next four years!
The issues important to workers – healthcare, retirement security and an expanded Canada Pension Plan, and job creation – which were at the forefront of the election remain challenges. The Labour Council in Victoria will continue to push for action on these and all concerns of working families.
In particular, the Victoria Labour Council along with the Canadian Labour Congress remain concerned about comments made during the election campaign by the Prime Minister regarding unspecified plans to cut an additional $4 billion per year from federal government spending.
We remind the newly-elected government that these programs promote and safeguard the public’s health and safety. They bring us the quality of life that makes Canada a place where people the world over want to come to live, to become citizens and to contribute to its success. Here in the capital region, the federal Government is a major employer, and we will be watching the government closely as their plans unfold.
Again, congratulations to our new members of parliament!