Unifor activists know that representation matters in politics and every vote counts. This is why members in B.C. hit the streets in April to support the BC NDP and transgender candidate Morgane Oger.
Ron Mill, chief shop steward of the Arts Club Theatre Company, Local 3000 and Unifor’s B.C. regional LGBT co-chair said of his community’s choice to engage in the election, “We still see people persecuted for no other reason than wanting to live their true lives, or because of who they decide to love. I believe it is more important than ever to keep fighting for our rights, to protect what we have achieved and to continue to fight for inclusion.”
On the doorstep in Vancouver-False Creek, the entire B.C. regional LGBTQ committee knocked on doors and educated voters. The hard work was worth it. Unifor volunteers made a difference and for the first time in 16 years, BC voters elected a government that will put working people first.
Though Morgane Oger’s campaign was unsuccessful, it was a meaningful step forward. As a transgender woman, she brings a voice to politics that is often silenced and left out. Her campaign pushed an equity agenda and helped open the doors for B.C.’s new NDP government.
Under this new government, led by Premier John Horgan, the province has welcomed the first First Nations woman appointed to cabinet and 10 ministers and parliamentary secretaries who identify as people of colour. Unifor looks forward to working with the new NDP government to create and protect good jobs, make life more affordable for families, and build a sustainable economy for all.