BCPC Convention Opening Address by Len Embree, April 10, 2003 excerpts:
"We've got decisions to make at this Convention; the resolutions are there. Even (United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America General President) Douglas J. McCarron had to admit, under cross examination, that if this convention passes resolutions and gives the officers and the Executive Board direction, we're obligated to follow them. Out of the great man's mouth.
So, whatever this group decides, and that we take out to the members and they decide, not only will we support it, we're obligated to carry it out. If we don't do that, then I think the honourable thing to do would be to resign.
I think our membership is absolutely determined to govern their own affairs, to elect their own officers, to vote on any mergers - those are the principles we started with six or seven years ago - and we will do that with the support and help, probably, of a number of Canadian unions. And I don't see anything but success down the line.
So I welcome you to the Convention. I am looking forward to the debate. And I'm looking forward to the results of this coming year."