·  by Bruce Campion-Smith   ·  The Toronto Star

Steelworkers Union Takes Aim at Federal Liberals Ahead of Fall Vote

OTTAWA—One of the country’s largest private-sector unions has come out swinging against the federal Liberals, accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of failing to make good on his pledges to improve life for working families.

The United Steelworkers, which represents 225,000 workers in Canada, plans to focus its campaign against the Liberals in key Ontario ridings, using television and radio ads to paint Trudeau as betraying campaign vows from 2015. The federal election is set for Oct. 21.

“Why would we choose Justin Trudeau when he doesn’t choose us. There’s only one party that puts working-class people first — Jagmeet Singh and the NDP,” says the union’s radio ad.

Union executive Mark Rowlinson said the steelworkers union takes issue with the government’s record on several fronts, notably on its trade deals, saying the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement was a “mistake,” the European Union pact “leaves a lot to be desired” and that the prime minister has “bungled” Canada’s trade relationship with the United States.

The union is also unhappy with the lack of progress on measures to ensure workers’ pensions are protected in the event of a corporate bankruptcy, said Rowlinson, the administrative assistant to the union’s national director.

Read the full article in The Toronto Star: Steelworkers union takes aim at federal Liberals ahead of fall vote

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