Labour Council asks Conservative MP to clarify remarks

Release Date: 
January 14, 2009

OTTAWA – The Ottawa and District Labour Council is asking Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke to clarify comments made earlier today by Debbie Jodoin a staffer working in his office in reference to the strike by members of the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 279 in Ottawa. “I think the question becomes a fairly easy one. Is she speaking on behalf of Mr. Clarke?”, said Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council.

As city council took a five minute break from their city council meeting to go in-camera, people began heading out of chambers where Ms. Jodoin began engaging several members of ATU Local 279 accusing them of holding residents hostage and referring to the striking union members as “disgusting”.

“It’s one thing for a person to attend a city council meeting and opine as a resident. It’s something completely different if that person is attending representing or carrying a message from another organization such as the Conservative Party of Canada or another individual and in this instance a Conservative MP representing the riding of Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River in Saskatchewan,” said McKenny. “We’re simply asking Mr. Clarke to clarify”, he added.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC) has been the voice of working people in the Ottawa area since 1872. The ODLC currently represents 90 local unions with a combined membership of close to 45,000 working men and women and is the largest democratic and popular organization in the Ottawa area.

Contacts:
Sean McKenny 613-862-5150
Ottawa & District Labour Council 613-233-7820