“ Mr. Speaker:
I stand today to pay tribute to the passing of Bob White, a true icon in the Canadian labour movement.
A lifetime of fighting for workers’ rights began at the tender age of 17 as a shop steward, not long after leading 500 workers off the job on his first strike action.
Recognizing Canadian workers needed to control their own destiny, in 1985 Bob White changed Canada’s labour landscape, by leading the charge to split from the U.A.W. and form the Canadian Auto Workers.
After serving three terms as CAW’s President, he moved on to the Canadian Labour Congress serving as its President for 7 years, continuing to be fierce advocate for worker rights.
A tireless champion for social justice and fair trade he was an Officer in the Order of Canada for his exceptional service to his country.
Bob White was respected by workers and business leaders alike and inspired this current generation of Labour Leaders like Unifor President, Jerry Dias and CLC President Hassan Yussuff, both former C.A.W members.
To Bob’s family, his friends and former colleagues we offer our deepest condolences.“
For more information:
Rodger Cuzner, M.P., Cape Breton-Canso
Phone: 902-842-9403 (office) 902-574-1705 (mobile)