Federal Election at Forefront of Windsor's Labour Day Parade

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A fair Canada for everyone, that's the theme for this year's Labour Day Parade in Windsor.

With Canada's 2019 Federal Election just over a month away, Windsor and District Labour Council President Brian Hogan says politics will be a huge part of the event.

He tells AM800 News speakers will be focused on pharmacare, retirement security, climate action, jobs, equity, inclusion and racism.

"There are people that win in Canada, and sadly, there are people that are on the wrong side of things. We're going to talk about all three levels of government and how we can encourage them and encourage citizens to be involved in making those politicians make this a more progressive community," he says.

Hogan says the gap between the haves and the have nots needs to be closed.

"We're the only country in the world that has medicare without pharmacare. Lots of people, after they get good advice from their doctor, have to throw away a prescription because they can't afford it," says Hogan. "We'll also talk about good jobs, climate action and racism. Our three NDP incumbents are up to tackling those issues."

He says the entire day won't be about social issues — the event is open for everyone in Windsor-Essex.

"It's a family event with lots of fun stuff for the kids," he says. "There will be a few speeches and a message to people, but it's a celebration."

The parade departs the Unifor Local 444 and 200 Union Hall on Turner Rd. at 10am before heading down Walker Rd. to the E.C. Row Service Rd.

Family festivities, including free hot dogs, will begin after some short speeches at the Fogolar Furlan Club.

Local unions will be accepting donations of non-perishable items for local food banks at the event.

— with files from AM800's Rob Hindi