Toronto, Ontario – The suspension of the current Parliament represents an abandonment of leadership by Stephen Harper at a time when Canadians need it most, said the Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW) and two other industrial unions.

Ken Lewenza, president of the CAW, joined Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union president Dave Coles, and United Steel Workers Canadian Director Ken Neumann to respond to the decision to suspend Parliament.

“Our Prime Minister has walked away from Canadians during the most severe economic crisis in decades,” Lewenza said. “He has sacrificed what’s in the best interests of Canadians for his own political purposes.”

Lewenza said that a political response to the economic crisis is needed immediately, as governments across the globe are stepping up with financial stimulus packages. He stressed that cutting workers’ wages and benefits, and allowing industries to collapse, will only accelerate the current downward economic spiral. “Stephen Harper must immediately outline a comprehensive economic stimulus plan that will provide a bridge for industries and workers who are suffering during these very difficult times. We cannot wait until the end of January when the House returns,” he said.

The three unions combined represent 680,000 workers, with 250,000 of them in the CAW.

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