April 3, 1987 (33rd Parliament, 2nd Session)

NDP

James Douglas Manly

New Democratic Party

Mr. Jim Manly (Cowichan-Malahat-The Islands):

Mr. Speaker, as Canada focuses on its relationship with the United States during the visit of President Reagan, I want to draw attention to Canada's use of non-union labour in the construction of the new Canadian Embassy in Washington.
The Embassy is being built by union contractors except for three crafts, one of which is the sheet metal workers, who are

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being paid substandard wages, with no health or other benefits.
Because many of these workers lack experience and training, there is concern that some of their work will not pass inspection, and that safety and health problems will result.
Since December of last year union officials have tried to meet with our Ambassador to discuss the problem. While the Embassy has agreed in principle to such a meeting, it has never set the time or the place.
I urge the Government to instruct our Ambassador to arrange this meeting in the near future so that the problem can be resolved.
We need to have good relations not only with American officials but also with the American people, including working people.

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Topic:   STATEMENTS PURSUANT TO S. O. 21
Subtopic:   EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
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