(read story at cbc.ca)
It was all about inviting these newly-minted citizens into the fold.
Welcoming skilled workers from among these new Canadians is what unions must do as well. It's the right thing to do... on so many levels.
For one thing, it helps address skilled-labour shortages across Canada. With this country's aging population and declining birth rate, this shortage is not going away.
By encouraging union members to create an amicable environment for new Canadians, we become part of the solution. When cultural differences and language issues are met with tolerance, acceptance, and open minds, we all win! It comes down to recognizing people for their skills, and for the value that they bring to the workplace.
It was an emotional day for those newly-minted Canadians in Vancouver, with many saying tearfully how proud they were to call Canada home. And it was a good day for those of us who already call Canada home