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                • MPnews news Farquhar: Abortion clinic closing sad day for women - The Sudbury Star
                  ... from a legal standpoint, in violation of the Canada Health Act. According to a letter addressed to federal Minister of Health Rona Ambrose from NDP Health Critic Libby Davis and NDP Critic of the Status of Women Niki Ashton, "under the Canada ...and more » read more
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                      • MPnews news Jail mine CEOs: Sudbury forum - The Sudbury Star
                        JOHN LAPPA/THE SUDBURY STAR/QMI AGENCY NIckel Belt MP Claude Gravelle, left, makes a point as Stephen Hunt, director of USW District 3, looks on during a panel discussion at the first day of a forum commemorating the 1974 Elliot Lake Miners' Strike ...and more » read more
                        Apr 15, 2014 11:03 pm> |
                          • MPnews news Labour ministry continues probe into smelter death - OHS Canada
                            (Canadian OH&S News) -- Ontario's Ministry of Labour (MOL) continues to investigate a workplace fatality at a smelter in the Copper Cliff neighbourhood of Sudbury. At about 7 p.m. on April 6, the MOL was notified that two ... Nickel Belt MP Claude ... read more
                            Apr 14, 2014 11:25 am> |
                            • MPnews news Fabio Belli, 37, remembered as a great family man, colleague - NorthernLife.ca
                              Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault issued a statement about Belli's death Saturday afternoon, saying his family was asking for privacy. "On behalf of wife Sue, daughters Emma and Brianna and his family and ... He also won the Greater Sudbury Chamber of ...and more » read more
                              Apr 13, 2014 9:20 am> |
                              • MPnews news Fabio Belli, 37, remembered as a great family man, colleague - NorthernLife.ca
                                Sudbury MP Glenn Thibeault issued a statement about Belli's death Saturday afternoon, saying his family was asking for privacy. "On behalf of wife Sue, daughters Emma and Brianna and his family and ... He also won the Greater Sudbury Chamber of ...and more » read more
                                Apr 12, 2014 12:16 pm> |
                                  • MPnews news Spouse killers shouldn't collect survivor benefits: MP - The Sudbury Star
                                    OTTAWA - Conservative backbench MP Dave Van Kesteren is moving to close a legal loophole that lets spouse killers collect public pension survivor benefits. He said it's wrong that those convicted of the first or second-degree murder of their wife or ...and more » read more
                                    Apr 09, 2014 1:58 pm> |
                                      • MPnews news Farquhar: Nothing fair about Tory elections bill - The Sudbury Star
                                        Sheila Fraser, the first woman to be appointed Auditor General of Canada, arrives to receive her honourary degree during the afternoon Convocation ceremony on Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at Trent University in Peterborough. CLIFFORD SKARSTEDT/PETERBOROUGH ... read more
                                        Apr 09, 2014 6:59 am> |
                                        • MPndpblog Claude Gravelle 1316 post Employees' Voting Rights Act

                                          Mr. Speaker, I would just like to comment on what my colleague said. One of the things she said was that the government is going to support this bill, which just goes to prove what my other colleagues have been saying about this bill. It is a private members' bill coming in through the back door. That is pretty obvious.

                                          When he was giving his speech, the sponsor of this bill mentioned Castro and Stalin. What I thought of right away was the Prime Minister. Why did I think of him? It was because of what he is trying to do with the unfair elections act. He is trying to turn Canada into countries like Castro's and Stalin's. That is really shameful.

                                          Let me tell the House a little bit about why I want to speak on this bill. I am going to tell members a little of my personal story. I started working at 18-years of age in a mine called Frood Mine. It was not the place where I really wanted to work. I wanted to get closer to home and go to Levack Mine.

                                          I started as an apprentice machinist at 18. Because I started as an apprentice, it was not a job that paid very well. It was as low as it could go. Back in 1968, that was pretty low, so thank God for the union leadership.

                                          The reason I am mentioning this is that when I had been at Frood Mine for about two years, it was scheduled to close. So I said to the guys I was working with that I was going to try to go to Levack. It was closer to my place. The guys said that I did not want to go there. When I asked why, they said that the supervisor there was a supervisor from hell and that I would get fired. I could not believe it.

                                          Eventually, six months later, I ended up in Levack Mine. True enough, I ran into the supervisor from hell. I say that because he treated people in a very special manner. Back then, I was 20 years old. I had quite a bit more hair than I do now, but it was not very long. It was just a little bit long, like it was back in the 1960s. It was not shoulder length. As soon as I ran into this guy, the first minute I met him, he asked where I had been. He said he had been waiting for me all morning. Of course, I was in the first aid room getting my locker, and people were showing me around, where I had to go and what I had to do.

                                          He asked where I had been and said that he had been waiting for me all morning. It surprised me, but I knew that he was the supervisor from hell. He said that my hair was pretty long and that I had to get a haircut if I wanted to work there. I did not think that my hair was very long, but he said to come back the next day with a haircut.

                                          Back in those days, a person could be fired on Friday and be working on Monday. It did not really matter. I said okay. I finished my shift, went home, and went back the next day. I did not have a haircut. I went home that night and washed my hair. I combed everything really nicely because I wanted to impress him.

                                          He said that I had not cut my hair. I said no, so he said I would have to and see the superintendent. I went to see the superintendent. I walked into his office and he asked what I wanted. What was I there for? I told him that my supervisor had sent me because I did not get a haircut and he thought my hair was too long. The superintendent looked at me and said there was nothing wrong with my hair, that I was to go back to work and tell my supervisor to see him.

                                          I went back to the shop and told my supervisor that the superintendent wanted to see him. He was gone for several minutes. From the reports that I got back from the people who worked in that office, it was not pretty.

                                          When he came back to the shop, where I was told to wait for him, if members think our member for Acadie—Bathurst is red when he speaks, they should have seen this guy. He was red. He just could not believe that he had been raked over the coals by the superintendent because of an apprentice. If I did not have a union back then, I would have been fired probably on the first day.

                                          However, this bill is trying to prevent unions from organizing. I belong to the United Steelworkers, local 6500, a great union. It is the same union as the president of the international steelworkers, Leo Gerard, belongs to. He and I grew up in that union. We are just about the same age, and we were stewards together and committee men together. He became the president of the United Steelworkers international. He is a great guy. He gets to work with other steelworkers and unionized people. I became the MP for Nickel Belt, and I have to work with the current government. I cannot believe how lucky that man got.

                                          Union workers do have well-paying jobs and they do contribute to the communities. For example, in Sudbury, if it had not been for the steelworkers, the CAW, and all the good unions, we would not have a cancer centre. It was because of the desire and drive of the union movement that we have a cancer centre in Sudbury. Everybody can use that cancer centre; it is not just for union people. It is just that the union workers helped pay for it. The union workers also support the food bank. Every year, they collect thousands and thousands of dollars for the food bank. They can do that because they have well-paying union jobs.

                                          The goal of the current Conservative government is to drive all the wages as low as possible, to the lowest denominator, so we can all have Walmart salaries and the companies can profit more.

                                          I just want to reiterate the importance of unions. They supply well-paying jobs. They spend their money in the community. They buy in the community. They help people in need. Why would we want to drive their wages down? It just does not make sense. We should encourage more unions in this country, not discourage them. People discouraged unions in the place where Castro was president, and Stalin certainly did not encourage unions.

                                          As the previous member said, the Conservatives are going to support this bill, obviously. It is a private member's bill and they have already decided they are going to support it. So it is just a back-door way of bringing this bill to the House of Commons.

                                          I am going to stop right there. I am not going to support this bill, obviously. I am really proud to be a steelworker and a union member.

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