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Labour Day has a long and significant history in our country. And as people get ready to enjoy a day off with family or friends, it's import we don't lose sight of why we celebrate this day each year.
More than just a holiday, Labour Day is a reminder of the struggles and victories of working people across the country.
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Though I was born in Toronto, I have spent much of my life in the Maritimes and have retired to Prince Edward Island. Now when Canadians elsewhere think of Prince Edward Island, they most likely think of Anne of Green Gables, potatoes, or the meeting of the Fathers of Confederation. But behind those bucolic images resided working women and men. I have always been a union man and have worked with a variety of labour organizations from my IBEW local on Prince Edward Island to the Canadian Labour Congress.