Advisory: Ordinary citizens to get a chance to speak out at TPP rallies, speakers announced

TORONTO, May 11, 2016 /CNW/ - Two rallies to the held Thursday and Friday in Windsor and Toronto will give those who can't get into this week's federal hearings on the Trans-Pacific Partnership a chance to speak out on how the trade deal will affect them.

"The new government came to power saying it wanted to hear from Canadians about the TPP, so these rallies are being held to make sure they hear from as many people as possible," said Roland Kiehne, Unifor's Director of Member Mobilization and Political Action.

Unifor will be participating in two rallies this week outside consultations on the TPP as the federal government's trade committee visits Windsor on Thursday and Toronto on Friday.

The Windsor rally, organized by the Windsor and District Labour Council, will give a chance for speakers from across the Windsor and Essex County area – as well as invited guest from the U.S. – to speak out.

In Toronto, the Unifor-organized rally has been dubbed the Parallel People's Trade Hearings, with speakers that include labour leaders, food and commercial workers, health care workers, media workers and more.

"We are going to make this a chance for everyone to speak out. The TPP will have too great an impact on our country for us to risk that even one voice is not heard that wants to be," Kiehne said.

Windsor Rally:

  • WHAT: Windsor and District Labour Council rally about the TPP
  • WHERE: Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel, 277 Riverside Drive West, Windsor
  • WHEN: Thursday, May 12, 10am

Toronto Rally:

  • WHAT: Parallel People's Trade Hearings
  • WHERE: Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
  • WHEN: Friday, May 13, 10am
  • WHO: Speakers include Katha Fortier, Unifor Ontario Regional Director; Chris Buckley, OFL President; John Cartwright, President of Toronto & York Region Labour Council; Brittany Smith, Campaigner at Lead Now; Michael Butler, Health Care Campaigner at Council of Canadians; Tim Deelstra of UFCW Local 175/633; Jake Moore, President of Unifor Local 79M; Laura Tribe of Open Media

For more information about the TPP, visit for English, and for French.

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.


For further information: please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at or (cell) 647-385-4054.

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