IAM Canadian General Vice-President Dave Ritchie and 120 other Canadian labour leaders met with new Canadian Prime minister, Justin Trudeau as part of the Canadian Labour Congress’ Canadian Council, a democratically elected group that governs the CLC between its national conventions.
Ritchie met briefly with Trudeau to talk about, among other things, investment in an industry ignored by the previous Conservative government. The conversation is on the heels of a $1 billion investment by the Québec government, which has now become Bombardier’s partner in the production of the C-Series jet.
Ritchie believes he received a positive response as the Prime Minister indicated that Canada’s new Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, is already looking into the file. “I am optimistic that the government will do the right thing for all these workers and invest in the Canadian aerospace industry,” said Ritchie.