Minister of Labour and Immigration Jason Copping issued the following statement on the National Day of Mourning:
“Every year on April 28, we observe the National Day of Mourning to honour and pay tribute to those who have lost their lives, have been injured or suffered a work-related illness. My thoughts are with these workers, their families, friends and colleagues.
“In 2019, 165 Albertans either didn’t make it home from work or succumbed to workplace illnesses or injuries. These Albertans were more than just workers. They were parents, partners, siblings, sons, daughters, neighbours and friends. Their absence leaves huge holes in many lives and throughout our communities.
“I recognize this is a difficult day for many. This year is especially difficult given the current COVID-19 pandemic. While we cannot gather to hold ceremonies this year, I know the memories of loved ones will live on in the hearts of many.
“This year, this day also serves as a reminder of the work being done by front-line workers. I want to thank and honour all essential workers who are helping provide critical services to Albertans during this challenging time. Our government appreciates the dedication of these workers and we are all grateful for all their hard work during these unprecedented times.
“Today reminds us that employers, workers and government all have the responsibility to create healthy and safe workplaces. We are committed to protecting workers and preventing further workplace tragedies.”