Canada's Building Trades Unions welcome Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet

OTTAWA, Nov. 4, 2015 /CNW/ - 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.

Speaking on behalf of CBTU, Canadian Director Robert Blakely said in Edmonton today: "Our membership, half a million strong across the country is looking forward to working with PM Trudeau and his team to improve Canada's economy, the construction industry and skilled trades training systems.

Blakely went on to say CBTU's "Skilled Trades Platform 2015" focuses on five key areas for consideration by the Trudeau government over the course of the mandate: 1. Efficient and sustaining infrastructure funding, 2. Labour mobility and the ability of a workforce to travel without financial impediment, 3. A renewed broad based focus on skills training and apprenticeships, 4. Canada's Veterans and improved access to training programs and 5. The repeal of Bill C-377 An Act to amend the Income Tax Act."

Skilled trades play a vital role in Canada's economy and Robert Kucheran, Chairman of  CBTU and General Vice President for IUPAT says "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.


SOURCE Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO

For further information: Christopher Smillie , Senior Advisor Government Relations and Public Affairs, CBTU, at (613) 236-0653 or


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