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October 22, 2021
Via: Email

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, P.C., M.P.
Prime Minister of Canada

RE: Advancing a program for Canada’s fair, resilient and inclusive recovery

Dear Prime Minister,

As you consider the key priorities that will guide the work of incoming Cabinet ministries under Canada’s 44th parliament, I want to impress upon you the importance of delivering for working people who continue to battle their way through this pandemic.

Despite critical progress made to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 on public health so far, and investments made to keep Canada’s economy afloat, this extraordinary period is not yet behind us. Transmission rates differ across the country, forcing some governments to re-impose local restrictions. There are ongoing threats that a Delta-driven fourth wave pose to hospital ICU capacities. Workers, in key sectors and those in precarious jobs, are still facing challenges. Your decision this week to prematurely end recovery benefit supports is creating panic and uncertainty, and should be reversed.

Perhaps most concerning is the insufficient access to vaccine and vaccine production capacity across the globe that continues to hinder efforts to slow the virus and potential new variants. Some of the poorest countries in the world have vaccination rates barely at two percent of their eligible population. Our union subscribes to the view that this pandemic cannot be over for anyone until it is over for everyone.

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