FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2011
SEAFARER’S INTERNATIONAL UNION BACKS TWO LOCAL TORIES
Rally to support Rick Dykstra and Leanna Villella in Thorold
Thorold — The Seafarer’s International Union of Canada has officially thrown its support behind two Niagara area Conservative candidates. St. Catharines Riding incumbent Rick Dykstra and Welland Riding newcomer Leanna Villella were present today at a rally held at the SIU Hall in Thorold, where the union officially declared its support.
We’ve waited a long time for a federal representative who actually listened to our concerns as an industry", said Jim Given, SIU Executive Vice-President. "And we finally got that in St. Catharines MP Rick Dykstra. Rick heard what we were saying and did what he could to secure investment in the industry that will mean local jobs for our members for years to come."
Last year, the federal government made the decision to end a 25% import duty on general cargo vessels and tankers. That move is expected to save Canadian ship owners $25 million per year over the next decade, but will also mean jobs for shipyard workers for years to come in ship repairs and maintenance. That, combined with a Coast Guard ship refit contract awarded to Seaway Marine and Industrial and the opportunity to bid for more of these types of contracts, are shots in the arm for an industry that until recently was experiencing significant setbacks.
"Ensuring our members have steady work has and will always be our main concern", stressed Given. "That a Conservative government took our concerns seriously means a great deal to us and that’s why we’re happy to throw our support behind Rick and Leanna."
Contact: James Given — 905-227-5212 – Thorold(@)seafarers.ca