MASSE ON NATIONAL DAY OF MOURNING

April 28, 2010

Dear friends,

As the Member of Parliament for Windsor West, I am honoured to send you greetings as you commemorate the National Day of Mourning for workers who have been killed and injured in the workplace.

Unfortunately my duties in Parliament do not allow me to be in attendance in Windsor today to recognize this significant event with you, however this afternoon I stood alongside my fellow colleagues from Parliament Hill to honour the memories at the national commemoration event organized by the Canadian Labour Congress at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa.

The National Day of Mourning, held annually on April 28, was officially recognized by the federal government in 1991 adopted from a New Democratic Bill and has since spread to approximately 80 countries around the world.

The loss of life is tragic and every year too many people are killed or injured, affecting loved ones and their fellow workers. The best way for us to pay tribute to those we honour today is to concentrate our efforts on working towards a safer and healthier workplace. This National Day of Mourning allows us to express sorrow for the grief and suffering experienced by the victims, their family, friends and colleagues.

Thank you once again for your unwavering dedication to the education and preservation of these tragic stories. This remembrance serves as a reminder that the work to be done in the area of occupational health and safety still needs significant improvement and that we have an obligation to implement laws that prevent occupational fatalities.

Sincerely,

Brian Masse
M.P. Windsor West