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’

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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.”

ALEX MC­K­EEN/STARMETRO VAN­COU­VER

Tom Sig­urd­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the B.C. Build­ing Trades unions, be­lieves work camps can lead to in­creased sex­ual vi­o­lence and il­licit drug sales.

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