In front of a room of thousands of people, Hassan Yussuff is as loud and forceful as any trade unionist.
But in person, the new president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) is a soft-spoken leader who doles out hugs as he says goodbye to friends and colleagues. During his first speech to CLC staff after the convention, they gathered around on the stage in the hall to hear him.
"It was good," said Yussuff, just moments after his speech as he walked off the stage.
He almost didn't make a speech at all. On Thursday, Yussuff defeated incumbent President Ken Georgetti by just 40 votes, an indication of how tough an election it was. Almost 5,000 people came to vote, and the room was divided by pennants -- orange for Georgetti, blue for Yussuff.