Statement on National Day of Mourning

On this National Day of Mourning, New Democrats pay tribute to workers killed or
injured at work. 

This day reminds us that much work remains to be done to prevent workplace
accidents. Despite progress made in occupational health and safety since the
creation of the National Day of Mourning in 1984 by the Canadian Labour
Congress, it is essential to continue our efforts and ensure that resources are
available for continued progress. 

New Democrats are proud to have presented the bill declaring April 28 as National
Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured at work, adopted by the House of
Commons in 1991. But the latest statistics are still alarming. Approximately
three Canadians die each day as a result of workplace accidents or illnesses
related to their duties. In 2005, nearly 338,000 workplace accidents and
occupational illnesses were reported. These deaths and injuries can be avoided.
No one should have to fear for their life at work. Risk factors must be
eliminated. The dangerous handling of asbestos, for example, is at the top of that
list.    

The government must continue to enforce the laws and work in collaboration with
employers to provide safe workplaces for Canadians. The safety of employees
should never be sacrificed in the name of efficiency. 

Let us ensure the safety of our workers.