Bill C-58 is a big step forward in recognising that labour unions are an important institution that protects workers. The use of replacement workers undermines this institution. Banning replacement workers is something that all sides of the political spectrum can and should support. Workers need to see the emergence of a political consensus on this issue.

But Bill C-58 should only be a part of a policy agenda for defending and supporting the working class. Cardus research shows that the working-class stereotype – a male, blue-collar worker in the goods-producing sector – no longer holds. Today, a working-class Canadian is as likely to be a female, recently immigrated worker in the services-producing sector.

Our leaders must update their perceptions of Canada’s new working class and make policies that reflect who they are today. This includes:

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