MONTRÉAL – Canada’s unions would like to congratulate Magali Picard on being the first woman and Indigenous person to be elected President of the Fédération des travailleurs et des travailleuses du Québec (FTQ).
“On behalf of the CLC and its 3.3 million members, we congratulate Magali on her historic win. We have a long-standing relationship with the FTQ and we’re looking forward to continue this great working relationship with its new president on the issues that matter most to workers in Québec,” said Bea Bruske, President of the CLC. “I’m thrilled to see another strong woman union colleague ascend to the highest levels of union leadership in Canada. This is another important step toward equity and representation.”
Picard was previously National Executive Vice-President of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. Over the past several years, she has been one of the leaders in the fight for compensation for federal public service workers impacted by the Phoenix pay system fiasco.
Picard is replacing outgoing FTQ President, Daniel Boyer.
“I want to thank Daniel for his dedicated service to the labour movement over the past four decades. As FTQ President since 2013, he has continuously fought for the protection of pension for workers in Québec, decent minimum wage, and the much-needed revision of the occupational health and safety plan,” added Bruske.
Denis Bolduc was also acclaimed and will return for another term as Secretary General of the FTQ. The FTQ represents more than 600,000 workers across the province of Québec.