Tories ‘out of touch’ with women in work camps
READ THE FULL STORY AT THESTAR.COM/VANCOUVER B.C. union boss says Conservatives criticizing PM’S comment need to ‘grow up’
The head of British Columbia’s construction unions says Conservative politicians rushing to scold Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for “insulting” workers living in rural construction camps need to “grow up and get a grasp on reality.”
Trudeau brought up work camps — accommodations set up in rural areas for workers on construction projects — at the G20 summit in Argentina last weekend, saying there are “gender impacts” and “social impacts.”
Conservative Party Leader Andrew Scheer, Ottawa-area MP Pierre Poilievre and Alberta United Conservative Party Leader Jason Kenney slammed the prime minister for “insulting” Canadian workers.
“These problems do exist and as responsible leaders in the industry we have to do all that we can to mitigate against the disaster that can come up,” said Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the B.C. Building Trades unions. “It was appropriate for the prime minister to say things need to be done.”
Tom Sigurdson, executive director of the B.C. Building Trades unions, believes work camps can lead to increased sexual violence and illicit drug sales.