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Canadians can’t afford for-profit long-term care

May 19, 2022
Bruske: It’s time to get the profit out of care OTTAWA –– A new report…
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IDAHOTB: Canada’s unions call for an end to violence and harassment

May 17, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB) by calling…
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Conservatives refuse to talk lagging wages instead push low-wage austerity agenda

May 16, 2022
Bruske: As wages lag far behind inflation, Conservative leadership candidates ignore struggling workers. OTTAWA –…
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Bruske to German Chancellor and the G7: Turn from ambition to action on climate and just transition

May 11, 2022
Bruske: We must not trade good jobs for low-quality, precarious work as we accelerate progress…
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Honour Westray. Enforce the law.

May 9, 2022
May 9, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Westray mine explosion that killed 26…
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Turn minimum wages into living wages and index to inflation

May 6, 2022
Bruske: StatCan numbers show markets aren’t delivering fair wages – governments must take action OTTAWA…
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Canada’s unions: Protect our public institutions

May 3, 2022
Canada’s unions are asking the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry to ensure no other…
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Workers welcome wins in budget bill

May 2, 2022
Bruske: Canada’s unions welcome progress on key issues, but there’s more work to do on…
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Celebrate May Day the best way possible: organize!

May 1, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking May Day by standing in solidarity with workers around the world,…
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Asian Heritage Month: Canada must do more to eliminate anti-Asian racism

April 30, 2022
As Canada prepares to mark Asian Heritage Month in May, anti-Asian racism and xenophobia have…
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Canada’s unions celebrate end to discriminatory blood donation policy

April 28, 2022
Bruske: Long-awaited victory for 2SLGBTQI advocates OTTAWA –– After waiting three decades, Canada’s unions welcome…
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Work shouldn’t hurt: workplace health and safety rights should be fundamental

April 28, 2022
Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to take swift action on workplace health…
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Building a low-wage economy with stomach-churning greed

April 26, 2022
Bruske: Minimum wage employees being replaced by offshore workers making $3.75 an hour will hurt workers…
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Helping families facing affordability squeeze must be MPs’ job one

April 25, 2022
Bruske: As Parliament returns, Canada’s unions urge MPs to back workers and reject the push…
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Making Global Supply Chains Safe for Workers: Nine Years after the Rana Plaza Collapse

April 24, 2022
April 24th marks the anniversary of one of the world’s worst and avoidable industrial accidents. Rana…
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Government must not break their promise and leave Canadians paying sky-high drug costs

April 14, 2022
Canada’s unions are troubled about the government’s decision late today, to reverse course on changes…
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Rising interest rates and record inflation creating perfect storm of unaffordability

April 13, 2022
Bruske: With the cost of everything – even debt – rising fast, we must fight…
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Labour 7 statement to the G7 Leaders’ Summit 2022

April 12, 2022
The 2022 Labour 7 summit “Shaping the Global Common Good” will take place in Berlin…
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Budget 2022: Progress on building a new and better normal

April 7, 2022
Bruske: Federal budget shows that when parties work together, everyday people benefit OTTAWA – Canada’s…
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BC government move to card check certification a win for workers

April 6, 2022
Canada’s unions welcome today’s move by the BC government to return to automatic certification in…
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Canada at an Economic Crossroads: A Better Normal or Settling for Worse?

April 6, 2022
By Bea Bruske, as published in National Newswatch With the federal budget just a day…
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Top 10 things unions and working people are looking for in Budget 2022

April 4, 2022
  OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are calling on the federal government to focus on the…
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Canadian Labour Congress’ President Bea Bruske available to react to Budget 2022

March 31, 2022
OTTAWA – Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, will be available to talk…
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Hope and optimism shines through the grey fog of Ottawa politics

March 30, 2022
By Bea Bruske, as published in The Hill Times We saw a refreshing ray of…
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National survey reports widespread harassment and violence in workplaces

March 30, 2022
Today the CLC and its research partners are releasing the initial findings of a national…
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Canada’s unions welcome long-delayed Ontario child care deal

March 28, 2022
Bruske: As struggling parents heave a sigh of a relief, now we must make sure…
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Canada’s unions welcome new health funding – now make it permanent

March 25, 2022
OTTAWA – Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, made the following statement today…
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Canada’s unions welcome landmark agreement between Liberals and New Democrats on a progressive agenda for Canada

March 22, 2022
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions celebrate today’s historic agreement between the Government and the NDP and…
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Canada’s unions stand with Teamsters union and demand negotiations be allowed to continue

March 21, 2022
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) and…
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IDERD: Fighting racism means looking back as well as looking forward

March 21, 2022
As we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Canada’s unions are…
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Canada’s unions: victory laps premature when it comes to jobs numbers

March 11, 2022
Bruske: Wages rising at less than the cost-of-living while workers in some sectors are being…
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Canadian Labour Congress’ President Bea Bruske available to react to labour force data

March 10, 2022
OTTAWA –Canada’s unions will be reacting to labour force data to be released by Statistics…
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IWD 2022: Gender equality depends on a healthy care economy

March 7, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking International Women’s Day 2022 by highlighting the critical importance of care…
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Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with Ukraine and condemn unprovoked Russian aggression

February 24, 2022
OTTAWA–– Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement: “The world…
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Every worker deserves ten days paid sick leave

February 24, 2022
Bruske: Canada’s unions urge the federal government to work with the premiers to protect our…
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Canada’s unions stand with those who stand against hate

February 15, 2022
Communities show how to build solidarity so we can move forward together Bea Bruske, President…
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Joint statement from Canada’s unions on the Ottawa occupation

February 9, 2022
Canada’s unions have fought for generations for the right to protest. This is a cornerstone…
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Statement by Bea Bruske: Respecting rights is a two-way street

February 2, 2022
OTTAWA––Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement today: “Canada’s unions…
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Welcome progress in first 100 days – but much work to do in next 100 weeks

February 2, 2022
Bruske: Government and parliament must roll up their sleeves and get down to work OTTAWA––As…
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Health investments must be tied to stronger public health care

February 1, 2022
Bruske: Increased health transfers must improve public health – not become tax giveaways to people…
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Concrete action needed to address anti-Black racism and discrimination

February 1, 2022
Canada’s unions are marking Black History Month by calling for long-term, concrete government action to…
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Federal government must increase efforts to end Islamophobia in Canada

January 28, 2022
On this first ever National Day of Remembrance of the Quebec City Mosque Attack and…
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Parliament must work with urgency on helping families

January 27, 2022
Bea Bruske: With care systems at a crisis point, runaway costs and a broken social…
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Ford punishing Ontario parents

January 24, 2022
Bea Bruske: Ford government must stop playing politics and sign child care deal OTTAWA –…
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Statement from Bea Bruske on the death of Alexa McDonough

January 15, 2022
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement today: “It was…
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Resilience, Determination and Ambition in 2022

January 12, 2022
By Bea Bruske I think almost everyone can agree 2021 was a rough year. The…
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Workers and their families need help now

December 22, 2021
More needed to help Canadians amid devastating Omicron wave Bea Bruske, president of the Canadian…
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Statement of the CLC and provincial and territorial federations of labour in response to the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee Report

December 20, 2021
The Canadian Labour Congress and Canada’s provincial and territorial federations of labour unanimously reject the…
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Canada’s unions calling for greater protections and supports for migrant workers

December 17, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking International Migrants Day by calling for improved conditions for migrant workers…
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Canada’s unions welcome progress for seniors, students and First Nations children in fall economic update

December 14, 2021
Bruske: Canada’s unions happy to see support but disappointed unemployed workers and their families left…
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Federal government must take immediate action to protect migrant workers from COVID-19

December 10, 2021
The Auditor General released a scathing report yesterday on the alarming lack of protective measures…
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Human Rights Day: Canada must ratify C-189 to protect vulnerable domestic workers

December 10, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking International Human Rights Day by renewing their call on the federal…
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Canada’s unions: Use fiscal update to reverse seniors’ clawbacks and emergency help for workers

December 9, 2021
Bruske: Parliament must act swiftly to help low-income seniors, the 1.2 million unemployed and the 630K working Canadians who want full-time work…
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Canada’s unions demand government take concrete steps to implement pharmacare in upcoming fiscal update

December 8, 2021
Bruske: January 1, 2022 was supposed to be a universal pharmacare milestone – instead we…
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Canada’s unions: We all have an important role to play in ending gender-based violence

December 6, 2021
On December 6th 1989, 14 women were murdered in a horrific act of gender-based violence…
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Rank and file union members engage MPs with powerful stories about the need to end seniors’ clawbacks

December 3, 2021
Bruske: Hundreds of union members participated in CLC’s Action Week, telling MPs about low-income seniors…
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Sheryl Burns awarded the 2021 Carol McGregor CLC Disability Rights Award

December 3, 2021
December 3 marks the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to promote awareness…
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Federal government should fast-track Canada Disability Benefit implementation

December 2, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking December 3 – the International Day of Persons with Disabilities –…
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MPs must listen to workers and take action on a fair recovery that makes life more affordable

November 29, 2021
Canada’s unions are making sure Members of Parliament hear from workers, as they get down…
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Canada’s unions welcome federal legislation on paid sick leave and protecting health care workers

November 26, 2021
Bruske: we will keep fighting until every worker in Canada has access to paid sick…
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New worker lockdown benefit fails to benefit workers

November 25, 2021
Liberals miss the mark with new legislation, more needed to help Canadians Canada’s unions are…
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Canada’s unions call on federal government to ratify and implement C-190

November 24, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women by…
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Parliament must get to work on a recovery that makes life more affordable for workers and their families

November 22, 2021
OTTAWA – Canada’s unions are calling on all parties in our new minority parliament to…
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Canada’s unions urge federal government to end conversion therapy

November 19, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking November 20 – the Transgender Day of Remembrance – by renewing…
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President Bea Bruske available to speak about Canada’s unions’ priorities for new Parliament

November 19, 2021
With Parliament set to return – amidst rising inflation, stretching family budgets and an uneven…
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Conservatives pushing the same playbook on inflation instead of helping families

November 17, 2021
OTTAWA – With family budgets stretched thin, now is not the time to raise interest…
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Government must combat surging cost-of-living with action to raise minimum wage and bring down costs of housing, child care, and medicines

November 16, 2021
OTTAWA – With working people seeing their wages fall behind inflation, and everyday essentially getting more and…
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Canada’s unions welcome Canada-Alberta affordable child care agreement

November 15, 2021
High costs and lack of affordable spaces plaguing inflation-weary parents from coast-to-coast-to-coast  OTTAWA – Canada’s…
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Canada’s unions stand in solidarity with New Brunswick public sector workers & call on Premier Higgs to bargain in good faith

November 9, 2021
OTTAWA – Instead of lockouts, back-to-work laws and intimidation tactics, New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs…
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Government must put the brakes on Bay St. and prevent windfall pandemic payouts

November 3, 2021
OTTAWA – An upcoming announcement from Canada’s banking regulator has the financial sector salivating at…
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Workers cannot trust Doug Ford to be a friend

November 2, 2021
Doug Ford has put his corporate buddies ahead of workers every time. Now, he’ll say…
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Governments must commit to repairing care economy on global care day

October 29, 2021
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, made the following statement for the Global…
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New cabinet must get to work on building an inclusive and equitable recovery

October 26, 2021
OTTAWA—Bea Bruske released the following statement about the new federal cabinet: “With women so disproportionately…
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New Cabinet’s top priority must be strengthening Canada’s care economy

October 25, 2021
This week, the world will mark the Global Day of Action for Care. COVID-19 has…
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Canadian Labour Congress’ President Bea Bruske available to speak about emergency benefits

October 21, 2021
OTTAWA – President Bea Bruske is available to speak to media today on the urgent…
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Bruske meets Deputy Prime Minister Freeland to discuss help for workers

October 18, 2021
OTTAWA—Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, and Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister…
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SCC ruling a victory for working women

October 15, 2021
Bea Bruske, President of the Canadian Labour Congress, released the following statement on the Supreme…
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As clock ticks down, Canada’s unions demand government chooses help for people

October 13, 2021
OTTAWA—Canada’s unions are urging the federal government to extend emergency benefits to help workers and…
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Fourth wave means urgent need to extend emergency help for workers

October 7, 2021
Emergency benefits due to expire for workers in next two weeks OTTAWA—With the fourth wave…
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Canada’s unions calling for worker-centred pandemic recovery

October 6, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the World Day for Decent Work on October 7, by calling…
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Premiers, PM must listen to Canadians on strengthening health care

October 5, 2021
Unconditional health transfers won’t solve problems of LTC abuses, nursing shortages or lack of access…
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Canadian unions’ support to Haiti

October 4, 2021
Canadian unions have responded to an appeal issued by the Confederation of Public and Private…
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UN Day for Older Persons: Canada’s unions call for strong supports for seniors

October 1, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the UN Day for Older Persons by highlighting the need for…
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Statement by Bea Bruske

October 1, 2021
Earlier today, following a National Truth and Reconciliation Day event hosted by the Canadian Labour…
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Canada’s unions call on new federal government to prioritize reconciliation ahead of first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 29, 2021
Canada’s unions are marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation by strengthening our…
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Canada’s unions shocked at dissolution of HKCTU

September 22, 2021
Canadian unions express their shock and dismay upon learning of the recent decision of the…
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Status quo parliament must not return to the status quo

September 21, 2021
Parliament must get to work on key issues facing workers OTTAWA – Canada’s unions congratulate…
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Time for workers and their families to make their voices heard

September 20, 2021
Volunteers from all parts of the labour movement are knocking on doors across the country…
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Next federal government must deliver for workers

September 18, 2021
Pandemic recovery must be built on investments that improve the lives of all Canadians Canada…
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Canada’s unions united with nurses in demanding urgent government action

September 17, 2021
OTTAWA – As the pandemic strains Canada’s public health care systems, nurses are sounding the…
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O’Toole another Conservative who would put our public health care system at risk

September 16, 2021
With the pandemic pushing provinces to the brink, a federal Conservative government would put Canada’s…
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Conservative O’Toole would mean low-wage recovery that leaves workers behind

September 15, 2021
Service workers see average wages rise paltry 59 cents during the pandemic, less than a…
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CLC President Bea Bruske: Vote to make sure working moms aren’t left behind

September 14, 2021
Bruske joins group of prominent women demanding all parties make affordable, accessible child care for all…
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Child care is on the ballot this election

September 14, 2021
On today’s National Day of Action for affordable quality, accessible, inclusive child care for all,…
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Canada’s unions stand with hospital workers

September 13, 2021
Canada’s unions are standing in solidarity with hospital workers amid anti-vaccine protests being held in…
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O’Toole’s conservative plan risks setting women back

September 13, 2021
Erin O’Toole poses threat to years of hard-fought gains for working women Women have been…
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