Quebec union 'disgusted' by focus on niqab

The Quebec branch of a union representing thousands of aerospace workers says the election should be about things matter — like job creation.

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers want politicians to shift focus to jobs

The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers says there's been little discussion during the election of how to safeguard jobs in his industry. (Charles Contant/CBC)

The union official representing thousands of aerospace workers in Quebec is adding his voice to those who want the federal election to be about something other than the niqab. 

David Chartrand. the provincial coordinator for the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, told CBC Montreal's Daybreak the campaign should focus on things that really matter — such as job creation.

David Chartrand (LinkedIn)
"We're very disappointed, disgusted and floored by the turn the election has taken," he said Thursday.

"We're spending the majority of the time talking about an issue that applies to a strict minority — two people in this particular case — when important issues are being completely ignored."

Chartrand said there's been almost no discussion about how to support the aerospace industry.

"It is the highest value industry here in Canada. It's extremely important in the province of Quebec, and we're not debating on that," he said.

"We're not debating on safeguarding jobs here and [creating] jobs here."


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