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April 20, 2017

HORGAN MUST DENOUNCE KEY SUPPORTER: BC NDP honourary lifetime member chooses US workers over British Columbia

 

Today, BC NDP lifetime member Leo Gerard stood shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump as the American President made a number of comments on Canadian trade policies including energy, dairy, and lumber:

“I was in Wisconsin the other day, and I want to end and add by saying that Canada, what they’ve done to our dairy farm workers is a disgrace. It’s a disgrace,” said President Trump. “And that also includes what’s happening along our northern border states with Canada, having to do with lumber and timber.”

When given the chance to speak, Gerard didn’t defend forestry workers in B.C. – instead he thanked the President and accepted the pen used to sign the executive order.

“John Horgan personally made Leo Gerard a lifetime member of the BC NDP and this is how the BC NDP and their US-based union friends stand up for B.C. workers?” asked Andrew Wilkinson, BC Liberal candidate. “Horgan should immediately denounce his biggest supporter, Leo Gerard, for failing to stand up for BC workers.”

In marked contrast, Catalyst Paper CEO Joe Nemeth – after receiving a favourable U.S. ruling on countervailing duties had this to say: “Catalyst would like to recognize and thank Premier Christy Clark and her government, along with the Government of Canada, for their defence of our company, our workers and our operating communities in this lengthy, cross-border trade dispute.”