June 2017

Proposed changes to the Canada Revenue Agency’s Voluntary Disclosures Program should go further

“We have been pressing the government to fix the flaws in the Voluntary Disclosures Program that led to the offer of a sweet deal to wealthy individuals using the KPMG Isle of Man offshore tax scheme, even though the government was taking KPMG to court to get the names of those clients" — Dennis Howlett, executive director of Canadians for Tax Fairness

National Aboriginal Day: A time for Canadians to join together with Indigenous peoples in their fight for respect, dignity and equality

“We are facing a crisis when it comes to how Indigenous peoples in this country are treated and nowhere is this more evident than the way the federal Government is racially discriminating against indigenous children.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Passage of Bill C-16 legislates protection for transgender Canadians

This bill is the seventh bill on this issue since 2005. All other bills put forward by the opposition or as private members' bills have met incredible resistance and failure in the Senate. Bill C-16 is the first government-sponsored bill. 

Ottawa (16 June 2017) — The struggle to have gender identity and expression protected from discrimination and violence under the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code is over. 

Support World Blood Day and safe blood in Canada!

“Canada has lived through the tragedy of tainted blood, with ordinary Canadians being infected because our blood system was not secure. Governments must learn the lessons of the past, otherwise they risk condemning more Canadians to suffering. NUPGE and our members will continue to work with our allies to press our elected representatives to ban paid blood and plasma.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

BCGEU congratulates BC Greens and BC NDP on historic agreement

“It is encouraging to see strong agreement on so many important issues ahead of a new budget. In particular, the commitment on mental health supports stands out as important. This commitment elevates strategies that recognize the urgency around the opioid crisis, which we know is having a devastating effect on workers and the communities in which they live.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President