Canadian Workers Oppose Planned U.S. Attack on Iraq

The following report was posted on the Internet on August 20, 2002.

“Canadian workers are watching with growing disbelief the U.S. government's preparations for a full-scale attack against Iraq and they want nothing to do with it,” said Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress in Ottawa today. “What would be solved by such an attack? War would produce more instability in the whole region [the Middle East], create more hardship for innocent civilians, foster new anger and hatred, and breed new conflicts. In a multicultural society like Canada, these conflicts are felt painfully in our workplaces and our communities.”

The Canadian Labour Congress calls on Prime Minister Jean Chrétien to use all his statesmanship and all the powers of influence that Canada possesses in world affairs, to intervene as a third party on the side of peace. “Canada has influence in international affairs and now is the time to use and exercise that influence,” said Georgetti. “As an active member of the G8 [Group of Eight wealthiest industrial countries], the Commonwealth, la Francophonie, NATO, and the United Nations, to name a few, Canada offers an ideal bridge for a diplomatic intervention to prevent this dangerous military assault.”

“Canadian working people have no illusions about the nature of the current political regime in Iraq,” Georgetti added, “but we need world peace not a world at war.”

The Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), voice of Canada’s labor movement nationwide, represents 2.5 million Canadian workers. The CLC brings together the majority of Canada's national and international unions along with the provincial and territorial federations of labor and 137 district labor councils. Click here for the CLC’s website.