On April 29, workers from across the country marked the National Day of Mourning, which remembers workers who have lost their lives or suffered injury or illness on the job. This day is always a reminder of why more can and must be done by governments to protect workers by not only enacting but effectively enforcing laws that prevent workplace injury, illness, or death.
This year is especially significant, being the 25th anniversary of the Westray mine disaster that left 26 miners dead after an underground explosion in Plymouth, Nova Scotia, on May 9, 1992. This tragedy led Parliament to enact the Westray provision in the Criminal Code in 2003. Honouring this anniversary, our government is committing to do more to ensure the Westray provision is being applied effectively to hold people to account who are criminally negligent in workplace death and serious injury.
This year, we not only remember those who have lost their lives or have been injured at work, but we reaffirm our government’s commitment to ensuring healthy and safe workplaces for all Canadian workers.
For more information:
Rodger Cuzner, M.P., Cape Breton-Canso
Phone: 902-842-9403 (office) 902-574-1705 (mobile)