“Regarding the labour provisions, it’s a step in the right direction to see that the U.S. government is promoting core ILO standards such as the right to collective bargaining. And the proposal that labour and environmental standards should be enforceable is also a positive development. But the other language makes the burden of proof too high, and the scope too limited.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The subsidies that privatization schemes like social impact bonds require are eating up funds that could be spent on front-line services Manitobans need.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"The labour movement has worked hard to create inclusive communities to welcome families and ensure they receive what they need as they start a new life. This is just one example of our commitment to helping, and working with, the most vulnerable." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“These investigations into extra-billing show how easily the idea that you have no right to health care if you can’t pay for it can find its way into our health care system.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
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.
"The future will tell if Canada's ratification means anything more than a press release and photo op," added Brown. "We'll need to keep our eye on this ball." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"If you ever wanted to see the strangest bed fellows, you would just have to look at the opposition to the Conservative legislation. From the NHL's Players' Association, to the Canadian Bar Association, to academics, accountants, labour and business people, we all knew that this legislation was undemocratic, undermining and unnecessary."— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We could retake control of our own economy, rather than allow every major decision to be made by corporations in their own interests. Imagine an economy that serves the people, instead of the current system where people serve the dictates of the economy — in reality, serve the dictates of large corporations." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“The vast majority of Canadians would be much better off if the government had been able to collect that $8.7 billion.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
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“As a result of this week’s vote, Canadians have lost the opportunity to get a fairer electoral system. We are stuck with a system that gives a majority of the seats to a party that gets fewer than 40 per cent of the votes” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“If the Liberals are serious about keeping the promises they made to Canadians in 2015, they will vote in favour of the parliamentary committee report.” — Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)
“Without major changes, the Canada Infrastructure Bank will be used to push privatization of roads, public transit, water and sewer systems and other infrastructure that Canadians depend on,” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President.
“No one should be surprised when corporate executives recommend governments should help their companies increase their profits by using expensive privatization schemes for roads, transit routes or airport facilities. What should shock us is that the federal government is agreeing to the suggestion.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"This situation is yet another reminder that health and safety legislation is much more effective where the labour movement is powerful enough to prevent it being ignored.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“Given the difference a universal child care program like Quebec’s can make for young families, even the Fraser Institute should recognize that it’s irresponsible to spread inaccurate information about it. Sadly, that’s not the case” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“For tenants, the attack by a CIBC official shows rent control works and needs to be expanded.” — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
After promises of openness and transparency, government proposes a discussion paper that would limit debate and opposition.
"He touched the lives of thousands of workers, at the bargaining table and at the provincial legislature. John's passion for equality and fairness inspired so many to follow in his footsteps." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"While the funding announcements sound impressive, most of the money isn’t supposed to be spent until well after the next election. It's also very convenient that the first announcements of what projects will get funding will happen right before the next federal election." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President