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DenTandtsLabour Day Den Tandt family

Dear Editor

For many of us, Labour Day is a time of transition and reflection. For my three kids, it's time to wind down their summer job in Owen Sound and head back to school. 

During my years as editor of the Owen Sound Sun Times, Labour Day kicked off a noticeable pickup in local news – whether it was the wrap-up of lacrosse and fastball or the fresh Owen Sound Attack season, or harvest news, school busing news, seasonal employment changes or just the general economic rhythm of Bruce and Grey counties, beginning to prepare for the fall and winter ahead.

For Canadian workers, Labour Day is a time to recognize the exceptional progress that workers have made, by their own hard work, over the years. Though there is always more work to do, we can all celebrate improvements in wages and work-life balance, better safety on worksites, and more secure and stable retirements for working people. 

This Labour Day also marks a new transition for me, as I work to earn the privilege of serving as your next Member of Parliament for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, in the October general election.

The Liberal government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau understand that workers and unions are the backbone of the middle class and critical to a strong Canadian economy. They have shown this, time and time again. 

Since forming government in 2015, this government has repealed anti-union legislation and partnered with unions to help them train more apprentices with better equipment to keep up with the changing nature of work. The government is investing in projects to help more women, people with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, and newcomers start rewarding and stable careers in the trades.


Michael Den Tandt,
federal Liberal candidate for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound

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