Now that results are in, Canada’s 44th Parliament, for much of the country, will look a lot like our 43rd Parliament – with a few notable changes that matter to our membership.
It was a time for gains by Jagmeet Singh and the federal NDP, who have played a supportive role at key moments for CUPW members at Canada Post and for workers generally. This is really something the labour movement can build on. And the Bloc Québecois and Green Party, also historically supportive of our campaigns and issues, are still represented in the House.
It was a quick campaign period of ups and downs, but there’s no future in saying this election should not have happened. We’ll focus on the things that did change, and our path ahead.
Delivering Community Power Champions
Once again, we felt the impact of our Delivering Community Power campaign and the hard work by our campaign coordinators. The vision, or at least some of its elements, appeared again in the major party platforms, except for the Conservatives.
This time, we asked candidates individually – and encouraged the electorate to urge their candidates with a petition – to endorse Delivering Community Power. One hundred and eighty (180) candidates pledged to be Delivering Community Power champions. A number of these candidates are now Members of Parliament, with whom we can work to make more of the vision a reality!