Quebec Hit Hard by Economic Crisis, says CAW Quebec Director

August 19, 2009, 8:25 AM EST

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The Jean Charest Quebec government has denied the impact of the economic crisis on workers across the province, Quebec Director Jean-Pierre Fortin told Constitutional Convention delegates in his opening address on August 18, 2009.

In his first Constitutional Convention address, Fortin said that Premier Jean Charest has claimed his government has dealt with the economic crisis better than other provincial governments, but this is far from the truth.

"This is not because Quebec's economy is performing better, but because we have a much weaker presence of manufacturing jobs," said Fortin. 

In July alone, the province lost 38,100 jobs predominantly in the service sector.

"There is not one set of negotiations where our union doesn't face demands for concessions," said Fortin. More than ever, the union is determined to protect the gains workers have made and push for a more just and egalitarian society, said Fortin.

Fortin also gave a brief synopsis of the history of Quebec and of Quebec City to give delegates a better understanding of the province and city and its relationship to the country.

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