there are many problems associated with training, credentials recognition, safety and licences for newcomers;
working conditions are unsuitable: base salary, overtime only after 60 hours, statutory holiday calculations, unhealthy lifestyle, lack of job security and health issues;
the provincial ministers have refused quasi-systematically to recognize military licences versus civilian licences;
selection programs and training programs vary from one province to another, preventing wider access (scholarships, grants);
there is an increasing shortage of drivers since professionals have left to seek better living conditions, even if it means a pay cut;
the trucking industry is largely under federal jurisdiction, and enforcing provincial road safety legislation and legally recognizing that this occupation is a profession would help reverse this shortage;
we provide a service that is essential to the Canadian economy;
there is a chance the American administration will overstep its bounds and tax cross-border truckers;
We, the undersigned citizens of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to recognize all truckers, regardless of company or province, as road professionals.
We also call for standards to apply from sea to sea, taking into account economic disparities, as regards salary, protection from American taxation, benefits, health and safety, and the quality of life for drivers and owner-operators.
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