"We need to remember: both the Liberals and the Conservatives voted to take away Canadians' civil liberties with this law." — Paul Finch, BCGEU Treasurer
Harper's Democratic Deficit
"A government that does not respect the very Constitution of the country is a dangerously rogue government." — Larry Brown, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe released a report detailing Bill C-51's infringement of freedom of expression and privacy rights of citizens.
The growing opposition of Canadians to Bill C-51, the "secret police" legislation, has forced the Conservative government to accept some amendments. Canadians must keep up the pressure.
Without the right to dissent, democracy is made impossible.
Conservative government seen as using tax audits as way to silence critics.
With the appointment of a new federal privacy commissioner, and the conduct of committee hearings on lawful access, the Harper government shows disregard for Canadians privacy rights.
“We need legislation that shines a spotlight on abuses of the election process, but this act allows anti-democratic actions to stay in the shadows.” — Jamie Biggar, LeadNow.ca
Before the Conservatives took over, lying in Parliament was considered to be completely unacceptable; a Minister caught lying was expected to resign. But that was back when governments believed in democratic principles.
"We need more people voting, not less. We need more strigent oversight to prevent election fraud, not less. We need more accountability from those involved in the process, not less. This legislation undermines the entire process." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"So now we know what the Conservatives think is the most important reform for our democracy: people not voting. In their minds, voting is not a good thing. It is to be discouraged, at least for everyone who isn't likely to support them." — Larry Brown, NUPGE National Secretary-Treasurer.
"We have exciting work ahead, full of new conversations about how to make our country, our communities, our workplaces and our lives better. And we want you to continue to be part of it!" - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
"Our democracies and our economies depend on our ability to communicate safely and securely with each other and it’s clear that, right now, we can do neither." - James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Members prepare for strike vote as IWK Health Centre refuses to negotiate on par with terms reached at Capital Health District Authority.
World Water Day is a designated United Nations day to recognize the common life sustaining resource that is our fresh water.
"We work on behalf of our members to promote and protect their rights in the workplace but our social justice work ensures that all boats rise together - union and non-union, here in Canada and around the world."
It's about shoring up one of the basic human rights supporting a fair and prosperous Canada. But ultimately, it's about saving lives.
NUPGE urges the Conservative government to establish a Fairness Test to assess the distributional impact of key tax and spending policies in budgets and determine whether they will reduce income inequality or make the problem worse.
Groups issue a joint statement ahead of two-day meeting between European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht and Canadian International Trade Minister Ed Fast.
It is estimated that migrant workers have contributed $3.4 million annually into Canada's Employment Insurance scheme. However it was not until 2002 that some migrant workers started to access special benefits.