Canada’s Building Trades Unions Statement on Federal Government’s Cabinet Shuffle

Jan 14, 2019

Canada’s Building Trades Unions (CBTU) welcome the appointment of Bernadette Jordan and David Lametti, as the two new additions to the Prime Minister’s cabinet that took place in today’s shuffle.

The CBTU values the relationship with the Federal Government to work in a collaborative way on issues important to Building Trades members including Bill C-69, Community Benefit Agreements, enhancing labour mobility, addressing energy infrastructure, and is pleased that the Prime Minister provided stability with Ministers that look after these portfolios.

“Cabinet shuffles provide an opportunity to bring a new and different perspective to files that have presented challenges and to identify those who have performed well in their duties to take on different duties,” said Robert Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer for the CBTU.“We still have a lot of work to do when it comes to some of the more complex areas of policy and decision-making, work that is often times difficult and require a strong captain and crew to keep us on course. We have been fortunate with this government, that there is a will to work collaboratively on these difficult issues, and expect that results of these efforts are on their way.”

The cabinet shuffle came as a result of long-time MP Scott Brison, announcing he would not be seeking relection. The shuffle also keeps the government’s cabinet gender-balanced.

“We at the CBTU want to salute Scott Brison for his public service  and dedication to Canada over the years. We have worked with Scott, having him address Building Trades members at our annual legislative conference and recently hosting him at one of our training centers. We wish him best of luck in his future endeavours,” concluded Blakely.