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Building Trades urge Trudeau to review skilled trades plan

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November 4, 2015 by STAFF WRITER

 Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) congratulates Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet on the occasion of the swearing in today at Rideau Hall.

“Our membership, half a million strong across the country is looking forward to working with Prime Minister Trudeau and his team to improve Canada’s economy, the construction industry and skilled trades training systems,” said CBTU Canadian Director Robert Blakely in a statement from Edmonton today.

CBTU is calling on the Trudeau government to review the association’s “Skilled Trades Platform 2015” which focuses on five key areas for consideration over the course of the mandate:

    • Efficient and sustaining infrastructure funding
    • Labour mobility and the ability of a workforce to travel without financial impediment
    • A renewed broad based focus on skills training and apprenticeships
    • Canada’s Veterans and improved access to training programs
    • The repeal of Bill C-377 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act.”

“Skilled trades play a vital role in Canada’s economy,” added Robert Kucheran, Chairman of  CBTU and General Vice President for IUPAT. “The Trudeau government has received a strong mandate from Canadians and now the hard work begins. Our members make up part of Canada’s middle class and we look forward to partnering with his Cabinet to improving the lives of Canadians.”

Canada’s Building Trades Unions is an alliance of 14 building and construction unions that represent a membership of more than 500,000 skilled tradespeople across Canada.

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