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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Labour Day Parade Hits Port Elgin

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Hundreds lined Goderich Street to take in the parade

Photo by John Divinski, © 2019 

Port Elgin celebrated labour with the annual UNIFOR and Grey Bruce District Labour Council, Labour Day Parade.

Hundreds of people lined Goderich Street to watch the McLaren Pipe and Drum Band of Wiarton lead the way as various labour groups marched in the parade.

Vice President of the Labour Council Dave Trumble says it was a "successful day" with lots of spirited participation.

He pointed out public and private sector workers, along with building trades and what he calls "a huge, huge component of education knowing what they're facing this Fall."

A gentleman named Bernard (no last name) of Owen Sound carried a sign along the parade route that read, "Teachers have more class, students have less teacher."

The former teacher says the provincial government has set up an education system where many students will "fall through the cracks."

Many families are going to be affected now and in the future.

With obvious emotion, he states, "I have six grandchildren and I'm doing this because I'm thinking of them."

Former national president of the Canadian Auto Workers Union, Buzz Hargrove, has been part of the Port Elgin parade for the past 11-years.

Hargrove says labour has some battles ahead of it but says in his 40-years of being a labour leader, "When labour is challenged, labour always meets the test."

Following the parade the community was invited to the Unifor Family Education Centre, for food, games and entertainment for the whole family.

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