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Thursday’s keynote speaker, interim federal NDP leader Nycole Turmel, dismissed the Harper government’s economic plan as “more corporate tax cuts to already profitable corporations” that will do nothing to create employment opportunities for Canadians.

The prime minister has had no trouble sticking his nose into labour relations, creating more and more economic instability by doing so.  His actions have taken away any incentive for either side to come to a reasonable agreement,” said Turmel, the NDP’s interim leader since July when she was handpicked by Jack Layton before his passing.

The NDP is pleased with its links to your union, and understands the value of the work CUPE members do, whether it’s in health care, school boards, social services and much more,” she said.

Before being elected in the last federal election, Turmel was the first woman elected president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada, serving from 1997-2006.