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Labour Day Parade expected to attract around 5,000

Around 5,000 people are expected to take part in the annual Labour Day Parade and picnic Monday.

This parade is not meant to be anything political - instead it is a celebration of workers across the country.

Sean McKenny, the president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council, told CFRA the recent layoffs of thousands of federal public servants will not be forgotten.

"Our community is certainly hit harder than most across the country with the number of public servants that we have in Ottawa and as everyone is aware, one job that's lost by that public servant at the federal level translates into two or three other jobs in a number of different sectors throughout our city, throughout the economy," said McKenny.

He said while there would be some speeches about the job cuts, the parade is not only for union workers.

"We're commemorating workers in general, their hard work all year long," said McKenny. "The way we look at Labour Day in Ottawa, we have a significant number of days throughout the year where we may rally or we may protest, but this really is a celebration."

The parade leaves from City Hall (Lisgar and Elgin) at noon and ends with a picnic at McNabb Park on Gladstone Avenue.

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