29 April 2017
One British Columbian USW Member's Take On Christy Clark's Flood of Lies
Once I was initiated into the International Woodworkers of America (IWA) as a young lad I thought they would be my union until the day I died. Retiring from work to a life on the lawn bowling green in my sixties seemed an unlikely life outcome at the time for this death wish punk rock motherfucker.
In time however the American wing of my international union weakened and the Canadian wing I belonged to disengaged from our long, close association with the American working class. We became IWA-Canada. A little further down the line, having realized the limitations of being an insufficiently large national union, we merged with the United Steelworkers of America (USW).
It was not a seamless transition, the IWA was very much a part of our individual and collective identities, but we soon came to appreciate our new identity and our increased strength. Fucking Steelworkers we are now.
That is as brief a run up to what I really want to write about as I can manage which is Christy Clark's lies, part of the set of lies which have come to frame her doomed campaign to be re-elected, which question my union's international president's, Canadian Leo Gerard, support of his Canadian forest industry members now that America is once again fettering Canadian lumber's access to its market.
Clark's lies, slander really, are nothing more than an attempt to suppress voters from purposely casting their ballots to remove her from an office they are all too aware they mistakenly elected her to four years ago. My union, and Leo Gerard, believe and are pressing for Canada to be conferred preferred trading partner status with America. A trading partner with comparable (if not superior) labour, market and environmental standards to its own. A mutually beneficial trading partner.
Too bad for Christy Clark her understanding of mutually beneficial is illegally accepting corporate campaign donations in return for obscene government contracts. The USW is trying to help put a stop to that corrupt practice. And we are not doing it for us. We are doing it for everybody, except the filthy few; British Columbians who deserve much better than what they have been getting from Christy Clark.