ADVISORY: Unifor president to call on Trudeau to keep electoral reform promise


OTTAWA, Oct. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Unifor National President Jerry Dias will make a presentation Tuesday to the federal government's Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform, where he will call on the Trudeau government to keep its promise on electoral reform.

"Canadians gave this government a strong mandate to reform the way we vote in this country. It's time to get the job done," Dias said.

Dias said recent comments by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau questioning support for electoral reform are concerning, but was pleased to see that the Prime Minister later assured Canadians that he remains committed to the idea.

"Canadians need clarity on the issue and for the country to get moving on making the needed changes," Dias said.

Dias is scheduled to appear before the committee on Tuesday, October 25 between 5pm and 8pm. He will bring with him a motion from Unifor's national convention last summer calling for a Proportional Representation electoral system to be in place by the next election.

"It is vital in a democracy that every vote count," Dias said. "That is the very strong message from the Unifor membership that I will be delivering to Members of Parliament."

  • WHAT: Unifor National President Jerry Dias at the Special Parliamentary Committee on Electoral Reform
  • WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, between 5pm and 8pm
  • WHERE: Room C-110, 1 Wellington Street, Ottawa


To see the full Unifor motion on electoral reform and to learn more about other Unifor action on the issue, including presentations at hearings across the country by Unifor members, go to

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers union merged.