Speaking notes I prepared for the CUPE National Convention in Vancouver on November 2, 2011:
It is a very great honour to speak to you today and a great pleasure to stand on the podium with brother Paul Moist, my close friend and travelling companion on a fabulous national tour to expose and defeat a perfidious trade agreement called CETA. Your president is a tireless fighter for justice, a passionate defender of public services and public sector workers, and a leader in the resistance to Stephen Harper’s assault on democracy. You should be proud of him!
These are troubling times and they demand much of us.
The world has divided into rich and poor as at no time in living history. The richest 10% hold 85% of total global assets and the bottom half of humanity owns less than 1% of all the wealth in the world. The three richest men in the world have more money than the poorest 48 nations.