The Ironworkers Union local 97 has decided to support Liberal premier Christy Clark before the upcoming B.C. election campaign, saying her government’s job plan is better than the NDP’s.
Ironworkers’ International business manager Doug Parton says the NDP’s opposition to major projects that include the Site C dam, George Massey bridge and proposed LNG projects hurt the job prospects for the union’s 1,800 members in B.C, The Canadian Press and CBC have reported.
“My members for years have been a labour party. What has happened in the past has made my members very concerned,” Parton said.
“We may not agree with Premier Christy Clark on every issue, or the B.C. Liberals, but we believe their plan for economic growth, for apprenticeship training and all the lunch bucket, kitchen table issues that affect our members are the right ones for us,” he said.
Clark was at the Ironworkers’ announcement at a Victoria condominium construction site, wearing a hard hat and surrounded by about two dozen workers.