TRENTON, NS, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers' (USW) Atlantic/Ontario
Director Wayne Fraser says the fate of TrentonWorks and the hundreds of jobs
lost in Conservative Peter MacKay's riding of Central Nova has been absent
from the campaign so far.
"MacKay made commitments to our members that he would intervene before
the plant is doomed to be decommissioned," said Fraser. "His silence is
Meanwhile, said Fraser, 60 per cent of the workforce remains unemployed
following the plant's closure in 2007.
"MacKay told our members he would represent the interests of the
community and look at alternatives to destroying the plant and removing any
possibility of jobs returning to Trenton. The union has heard nothing from
him. The election is next week and MacKay has avoided this issue entirely."
Fraser said the Conservatives' lack of leadership on manufacturing has
been evident across the country but no more obvious than in towns like
Trenton, "where a century of jobs and economic activity has been allowed to
disappear because of a free-market attitude that ignores the responsibility
governments have to support and defend communities."
By contrast, Fraser said the NDP platform includes strategies to preserve
a manufacturing economy and grow it through innovation and tax measures.
"MacKay may be the minister of defence but he is still supposed to
represent his constituents in Central Nova," added USW Staff Representative
Lawrence McKay. "His silence is ignoring the real pain and hardship his
government's inaction is causing. In a community where people are losing their
homes and suffering like this it is truly shameful. The citizens of Pictou
County deserve better."
"Jobs at TrentonWorks were stolen by a profitable foreign-based owner
that had no real intention of building on 100 years of sustainable employment
at TrentonWorks," Fraser added. "Stephen Harper and Peter MacKay must be held
accountable for allowing this to happen here and in so many communities across
For further information:
For further information: Lawrence McKay, (506) 857-0999, (506) 874-9240;
Wayne Fraser, (416) 243-8792, (416) 577-4045