“Every year, the National Day of Mourning is observed on April 28. This day is significant in honouring and remembering workers who were killed or injured on the job or suffered a work-related illness. Today, my thoughts are with these workers, their families, friends and colleagues and I encourage all Albertans to take a moment to remember our fallen workers.

“One workplace death is too many, and unfortunately in 2020, we lost 150 men and women as a result of workplace incidents or illnesses. They are not just numbers, they are people. They were parents, partners, siblings, sons, daughters, neighbours and friends. They were a part of our community and the role they played will always be remembered.

“The National Day of Mourning reminds us that everyone, employers, workers and governments, all have the responsibility to create healthy and safe workplaces. Together, we need to take actions to ensure everyone can work safely and make it home at the end of the day.

“This year marks the second consecutive year that the COVID-19 pandemic prevents us from gathering together to attend National Day of Mourning ceremonies and events. It also reminds us of the ongoing efforts by front-line workers to provide critical services to Albertans during these challenging times. I want to thank these workers and appreciate their dedication to serving their fellow Albertans.

“Let us take a moment today to honour and remember our fallen workers. Let’s also take a moment to consider how we can do better and reduce the number of deaths, injuries and illnesses in our workplaces.”