Unifor Rep Pleased With Federal Labour Appointment

Posted on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 07:45 AM

One of the largest unions in our region is pleased with the selection of Thunder Bay MP Patty Hajdu as Federal Labour Minister.

Hajdu replaces Maryam Monsef as part of a major cabinet shuffle.

Local National Unifor representative Stephen Boon says the selection gives the north a voice and a high profile contact.

Boon notes Hajdu has been fairly active in the last year trying to attend labour functions and building a bridge with labour.

He adds Hajdu has a fairly short political track record, but has a progressive background working with women and the poor.

Boon believes she has a strong understanding of labour in northwestern Ontario.

He says the Liberals are a far cry from the "big business-orientated, right-wing Conservative ministers" that they dealt with in the past.