read the full Calgary Herald editorial by Licia Corbella: James Smith, international vice-president and Canadian director of the 65,000-strong United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, asked: “What message are working people in my union to take from their no show?”
Smillie, however, says the fact that the NDP opposes the pipeline shows how out of touch it is with the majority of labour members.
“The messaging has been hijacked by small labour organizations,” said Smillie. “The CEP (Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada) gets on the air and says organized labour is opposed to the Keystone pipeline because Canada will lose jobs. Well, I can tell you right now, our labour organization is much larger than the CEP or the Alberta Federation of Labour and we back the pipeline 100 per cent,” said Smillie.