a government finds it is necessary to compensate an industry for
harm caused by a trade deal, then they should also explicitly
compensate workers. Today’s compensation package was designed for
farmers. Those funds will not trickle down to everyone else who
depends on the dairy industry for their livelihoods. Workers in the
dairy processing sector or in bulk milk transportation are getting
“Generally speaking, the government needs to get more ambitious when it comes to retraining and life-long learning. A measly $250 annual credit to cover the cost of courses is simply not enough, considering that 42% of jobs in Canada are at high-risk of being automated in the next two decades.
“Expanding our social safety net will help Canadians navigate the coming changes to our economy. The creation of the Canadian Drug Agency and the development of a national formulary are steps in the right direction, but Canada remains the only country in the world with a universal healthcare system that excludes prescription drugs.
“Teamsters are pleased that the government is taking action to increase taxes on stock options. The write-off disproportionately benefits Canada’s richest CEOs, who already earn close to 200 times the average worker’s salary. This was one of the points we raised following last year’s budget.
“Our union welcomes today’s investment in passenger rail service for remote communities, as it stands to benefit commuters and bring the country closer together.
“We would have preferred to see even more infrastructure investments in the budget, as well as measures to expedite previously announced infrastructure spending. These investments create good jobs for Teamster members and working-class Canadians, while ensuring that supply chains remain efficient and competitive.
“The budget recognizes the importance of Canada’s pipeline infrastructure. It notes that the growing supply of crude oil from Western Canada has exceeded available export pipeline infrastructure. We are disappointed that no measures were taken to address that problem, considering the difficulties facing energy sector workers.”
Teamsters represent close to 125,000 workers across Canada, including over 16,000 workers in the rail industry. The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, with which Teamsters Canada is affiliated, has 1.4 million members in North America.
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