BC Federation of Labour leader Jim Sinclair was in Williams Lake Saturday meeting with various unions and political leaders.

BC Federation of Labour leader Jim Sinclair was in Williams Lake Saturday meeting with various unions and political leaders.

B.C. labour leader says people hunger for a change

British Columbians have a hunger for change, B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair said in Williams Lake Saturday.

British Columbians have a hunger for change, says B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair.

“There is a large majority of people ready for a change because after 12 years under the Liberals the province is going in the wrong direction,” Sinclair said while in Williams Lake Saturday. “People don’t agree on the change. Some people will vote for the Green Party, some people will vote for the Conservatives.”

If people really want a real change, they should vote for the NDP, he suggested.

“The NDP has said a number of things already. They’ve talked about education, about trades training, the taxation policy they are looking at and how they’re going to raise corporate taxes.”

There’s lots of time to discuss and debate the changes that need to take place, he added.

“What I’m saying to people is if they want change get involved. Fifty per cent of the people in the last election didn’t vote. That to me is a serious serious issue. We got what we got in this country because people did care and they did participate.”

Historically people were involved with the public discourse and it made a difference which government was elected.

It is still true today, but too many people are convinced governments are all the same, he added.

“They’ve never been all the same. Many of these parties never would have given us medicare or public education, or old age security. We never would have had all those things if there wasn’t a party or a group of people that said, ‘we can do that’.”

The public needs to have a debate about what kind of province it wants to have and how much opportunity should exist, he said, adding the labour movement wants balance in the province.

“We expect business to have a say when we’re at the table and that’s healthy. What we’ve had though, is that business is the only voice that’s been heard, they’ve had the dominant agenda.”

When one party gets heard too much then you have things like the HST or changes to the forest code that have allowed for “record” log exports, he suggested.

“Forty mills close, there are thousands of lay-offs, and the rules around appurtenancy are changed so no more logs are attached to sawmills anymore. All that stuff happened under the Liberals.”

There have been improvements for some people in the province Sinclair said.

“The commodity prices have gone up, the mining industry is doing fairly well thanks to China, and that’s good for the province. We’ve had negotiations with those mines and just finished negotiating successfully with Gibraltar so people can keep up with inflation.”

Those increases benefit everybody and stay in the local community benefitting businesses, everything.

People are upset about the temporary worker program, he said, adding the labour movement’s opposition is not about racism. It is about exploited workers.

“We’re not opposed to bringing workers to Canada to work, we’re just saying they should come with the right to bring their families, with the right to quit a job that’s unsafe, and the right to speak up, not be sent home. That’s a cheap labour strategy not a nation building strategy.”

Sinclair also criticized the $15 million of public money being spent on advertising what a great place B.C. is.

The money could be used to create jobs, he said.

 

Just Posted

The community is rallying to support Cam Prest (top left) and his family after he was badly injured at the Biotanio Bike Park Friday night, June 11. (Photo submitted)
Community rallies around Williams Lake family after son, 19, injured in bike park crash

Cam Prest was biking with friends Friday night when the accident happened

Dan Hutchings (right), 35, who is awaiting a kidney transplant and currently undergoing dialysis, walked 15.2 kilometres this past Sunday, June 6, along with fiancé Chelsey Auger and her cousin, Jazlyn Termul, as part of this year’s annual Williams Lake Kidney Walk. The event took place virtually as participants got out on their own devices to walk , and raise funds, for the Kidney Foundation of B.C. (Greg Sabatino photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Williams Lake Kidney Walk participants raise thousands

Hutchings took part in the walk alongside his fiancé Chelsey Auger and her cousin, Jazlyn Termul

As a former reporter and editor at the Tribune, Diana French carries on sharing her ideas through her weekly column. (Photo submitted)
FRENCH CONNECTION: Education a key part of path forward

High on the list of making things right is education in schools

Jim Hilton pens a column on forestry each week for the Tribune.
FOREST INK: Other options for commercial and protected areas

The second paper takes a slightly different approach by looking at some of the positive impacts

2021 Williams Lake Dry Grad Reverse Parade Saturday, June 12, 2021. (Angie Mindus photos - Williams Lake Tribune)
PHOTOS: Graduates line Western Avenue for 2021 Williams Lake Dry Grad Reverse Parade

Community members waited in line in their vehicles to congratulate grads

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

Most Read