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New Democrats made significant gains in yesterday’s elections in the Yukon, and in Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada’s largest union is congratulating Newfoundland and Labrador NDP leader Lorraine Michael, who saw her opposition caucus grow from one seat to five, and to Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson, the new leader of the official opposition for the territory after winning six seats.

These are very encouraging results for New Democrats, and Liz Hanson and Lorraine Michael have done us proud,” said Paul Moist, national president of CUPE. “On behalf of CUPE’s 610,000 members, I offer them and their team’s a sincere congratulations.”

Moist is thanking CUPE members for their support of New Democrats during the elections, and says these strengthened NDP opposition caucuses will help protect the interests of workers

From coast-to-coast-to-coast, the NDP is standing up for the issues important to Canadians,” says Moist. “With the support of CUPE, New Democrats in the Yukon and in Newfoundland and Labrador will be strong voices on defending public health care, protecting public services and improving public pensions.”