Statement by MP Nathan Cullen

International Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

April 28, 2016

"Today, on Canada’s 32nd annual National Day of Mourning, I stand with you as we remember the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a direct result of work-related incidents.

We also honour the many families and friends who have been forever changed by these tragedies.

Despite the progress Canada has made to make workplaces safer, hundreds of workers are still injured and killed on the job each year. In 2014, there were 919 workplace related deaths across the country.

Workplace safety takes all hands on deck – and that includes governments:

  • A government should improve workplace health and safety standards and pass laws to encourage employers to act more responsibly;
  • Governments should also make workplace safety a top priority in setting regulations and standards of practice at every level of our economy;
  • Most importantly, governments should set an example. A government should not put their own workers at risk

That is why, this year, New Democrats are calling on the Liberal government to repeal Division 5 of the Conservatives' Bill C-4, which made it more difficult for federal public service workers to refuse unsafe work.

Every worker has the right to return home safely at the end of the work day. Every family has a right to see their loved one safely home at the end of a shift.  

As MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, I pledge to continue to make workplace safety a top on-the-ground and legislative priority.  I will continue to work with you to ensure that: 

  • our moms and dads . . .
  • our sons and daughters . . .
  • our families and friends . . .

are able to return home safely to their loved ones at the end of the workday. 

Thank you for being here at this important memorial today.