NEW DEMOCRAT MPs ATTEND MAJOR RALLY IN SUDBURY

Sudbury – New Democrat MPs arrived in Sudbury today to show their support for steelworkers, members of USW local 6500, who today are entering the 11th month of their strike at Vale Inco.

Speaking to a packed hall, Nickel Belt MP, Claude Gravel told the crowd, “today I am here to let you know that New Democrats will not stop fighting to protect your rights until the Conservative government stops protecting Vale Inco ownership and starts defending Canadian workers.’

Gravelle is joined in Sudbury by New Democrat MPs, Chris Charlton (Hamilton Mountain) , David Christopherson (Hamilton Centre), Peter Julian (Burnaby-New Westminster), Glenn Thibeault (Sudbury), Carol Hughes (Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing), Tony Martin (Sault Ste. Marie) and Nickel Belt MPP, France Gélinas.

“I think it’s important for us to show our support for what the workers are standing up to here in Sudbury,” said David Christopherson, Chair of the New Democrat, Ontario Caucus. “The fight here is emblematic of the kinds of battles we are facing across the country.”

Recently, the House of Commons adopted an NDP motion calling for an end to Conservative rubber stamping of job-killing takeovers of Canadian companies. The motion underscores the Conservative government's failure to act in the best interest of Canada when it allowed the sell-off of Inco, Falconbridge, Stelco and Nortel. It also directs the government to protect the interests of Canadian workers, their communities and the strategic long-term interests of the Canadian economy by improving its review of foreign takeovers that involve key Canadian resource, manufacturing, high tech and, potentially, telecommunications companies, by strengthening the Investment Canada Act.

“We’ve seen it here and throughout Canada as well,” said Carol Hughes. “These companies don’t care about Canadian workers. They only care about siphoning off profits and the Conservatives tell them, that it’s okay by them.”

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