The work of the labour movement and our allies is having an effect, as shown by the fact that the CERB is an improvement on earlier announcements. However, there is still more to do.
"It’s shameful for government to be making its lowest-paid, most vulnerable employees pay the price for its own financial mismanagement.” — Bob Bymoen, SGEU President
In a democracy, decisions should reflect the wishes of a majority of voters. Unfortunately, the way we elect governments in Canada means that rarely happens. The National Union has a discussion paper that looks at better ways to hold elections.
"This is a deal by business, for business, with a price tag Canadians shouldn’t have to pay."
Commentary by Larry Brown, National Secretary-Treasurer, National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
From the economy to the environment, social programs to foreign policy, health care to tax cuts, the tar sands to free trade deals, and many other areas, the 36 contributors to the book detail the facts and key moments of the 40th and 41st parliamentary sessions.
The National Union of Public and General Employees joins with its sisters and brothers in the labour movement in calling for greater assistance for the Syrian refugees.
“It creates broad and dangerous new powers, without commensurate accountability, and this can result in serious mistakes.” — Sukanya Pillay, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.
In this pre-election budget, the Conservative government is taking public money and giving it to people who need it the least.
A National Day of Action to stop the "secret police" Bill, C-51, has been called for March 14. All Canadians are encouraged to get involved.
“It’s time for the federal Conservatives to begin treating veterans and soldiers as strong, proud, and loving Canadians who have earned our constant support, gratitude, and respect.” — NUPGE National President James Clancy
Strong majority opposes Harper healthcare funding regime – ready for Premiers to take a stand.
Closed meeting of the House of Commons Finance Committee rejected conducting a full probe into reports of politically motivated audits of charities by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
While the federal government has so far not acknowledged any culpability or responsibility for the accident in Lac-Mégantic, the reality is that there were multiple regulatory failures. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) asks, "Was this a case of willful blindness?"
Conservative government seen as using tax audits as way to silence critics.
Arguments fail to convince the Supreme Court of Canada to rule in favour of contributors to employment insurance.
"Latest cuts, $130 million and the loss of 657 jobs, have ripped into the heart of our national broadcaster, so that it's no longer possible to provide Canadians with the quality service they expect and deserve." — Naomi Robinson, CMG President, CBC Toronto.
More than 350 organizations in 115 countries warn that Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) will make it easier for corporations to make profits and with impunity.
In an open letter, the Bill is described as “a blatant attempt by the Harper government to stack the deck in favour of the Conservatives in the next federal election” and calls on Members of Parliament to “not allow this new elections law to pass without removing the parts that would legalize voter suppression.”
Kiefer Sutherland, grandson of Tommy Douglas, narrates video as part of the launch of national campaign for a new Health Accord.
"The quality of health care that Canadians receive should not depend on where you live or your ability to pay," said James Clancy, NUPGE National President.