NDP MP from Vancouver East, Jenny Kwan, was the keynote speaker at the Executive Board Meeting of the Confederation of Canadian Unions in Vancouver in February 2019. Kwan spoke about the importance of workers’ rights, and especially protecting the rights of foreign-born workers in Canada.
CCU President Kelly Johnson wrote a letter to Kwan, thanking her for her participation. As he stated: “Our membership in attendance enjoyed your presentation deeply, and learned much about your work in protecting the rights of workers in Canada – born either here or abroad – from exploitation and injustice. The CCU particularly commends your continued work in fighting for justice for foreign-born workers in Canada.”
Johnson added that the CCU has always stood for the rights and freedoms of all workers: “The CCU has always believed that all working people in our country and around the world deserve equal rights and protections, regardless of their place of birth, citizenship status, race, ethnicity, religion or gender. And you reminded us that there is much work to be done in Canada and elsewhere in protecting and extending these rights.”
Johnson also thanked Kwan for her work on other issues vital to working people in Canada: “The CCU also wants to commend you for your ongoing efforts at establishing a public, universal pharmaceutical program in Canada. The CCU initiated a campaign last year called Pharmacare for All, which included an online petition that has been signed by over 8,000 people.”
The video featuring Kwan’s keynote address will soon be available on the CCU website.