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Member Statement (26 April 2007)

From Hansard - 26 April 2007

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Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

Mr. Hart: — Thank you, Mr. Speaker. Mr. Speaker, Saturday, April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job. This day of mourning was officially recognized by the Canadian government in 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress. More than 80 countries around the world observe this day of mourning, Mr. Speaker. Saturday is the day when we remember all workers who have lost their lives or have been injured on the job. It is also a day, Mr. Speaker, when we must reaffirm our commitment to providing safe and healthy workplaces in an effort to reduce on-the-job death, illness, and injuries.

Over the last year in Saskatchewan, 44 men and women lost their lives as a result of job injuries or illness. Mr. Speaker, one death is too many; 44 deaths are unacceptable and we must do better. As a result, the lives of 44 families across this province have been changed forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of them as they come to terms with the tragic loss of a loved one.

Mr. Speaker, as the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety rightly observes, the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job is, and I quote, “. . . as much a day to remember the dead as it is a call to protect the living.” Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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