Kyle Johnston, Red Deer and District Labour Council president, says Labour Day is more than just a holiday and the community barbecue the council hosts annually is a reminder of exactly that. Photo by Mamta Lulla/Advocate staff

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Labour Day is more than just a holiday.

The Red Deer and District Labour Council hosted a community barbecue Monday afternoon.

The barbecue served as an important reminder that Labour Day is more than just a day off work, for most people, said council president Kyle Johnston.

Organization members were reminding people of the hard times everyone has gone through and all the work that lies ahead.

The group is focusing on a pharmacare plan for all Canadians and the Alberta Federation of Labour’s Fair Start campaign, which calls for equal wages for men and women, affordable child care and getting women back to work.

Johnston said with the federal election coming in October, the council wants to see a universal prescription drug program.

Canada is one of the few developed countries that has a health-care plan that doesn’t include a pharmacare plan, said Johnston.

“These are issues that are near and dear to Canadian values and also to our members and our community,” he said.

“People need to have affordable childcare, because they need to get back into the workforce, not only to help our economic climate, but to help their families.

“And by them getting back into the workforce, they’re able to help our economy by spending more in our community.”

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