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President’s Commentary: Why workers must join the call for climate action

In the face of the climate emergency, workers and their unions must take action to ensure a more just and sustainable future. As the young climate strikers have underscored, we have an obligation to act — not only for ourselves, but for generations to come.

Sep 27, 2019

President's Commentary: Unions at the heart of democracy

We need to use our power to shape our country and our government so it acts for the common good of the many, not for the chosen few.

Aug 28, 2019

President's Commentary: Does Jason Kenney believe in democracy? 

In Alberta, with Jason Kenney's new government, if you dare to dissent from his view of the tar sands or the energy sector, you will be faced with a well-financed ‘war room’ smear campagin, funded largely by taxpayers' dollars, to discredit you and your message.

Jul 15, 2019

President's Commentary: Liberal government tries to force bad TPP deal through Parliament at breakneck speed

This is a bad deal for Canadians.  Even the government, trying to prove this is a good deal, released a study that proves the opposite.  The so-called benefits of the TPP are so minor that we need a magnifying glass to see them, while the loss of jobs and the stagnation of wages will be unfortunately far too easy to spot.

Sep 21, 2018

President's Commentary: Solidarity is the answer

The hope for our best future lies in this broad solidarity. We are the ones who know how to get things done when we work together. We are the ones who have learned from the past, and are working for a better future for everyone. We are proud of our accomplishments — those that benefit our members and those that benefit everyone else, too.  And we have much to be proud of.  — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Aug 30, 2018

President's Commentary: Let’s not get distracted

"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

Jun 15, 2017

President's Commentary: CETA - the game isn't over

CETA was passed with no evidence whatsoever of any benefit arising for the people of either the EU or Canada.  CETA is good because it is good, and it is good because it is good.  One can hear more sophisticated reasoning in almost any kindergarten class.

Ottawa (15 Feb. 2017) — The CETA Scorecard stands at Multinational Corporations 1, the People 0. But the game isn’t nearly over.

Feb 15, 2017

President's Commentary: By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes

NUPGE President Larry Brown argues that the temptation to laugh, even if the laugh was bitter, has been erased over the last few days as the Trump administration issued racist and religiously biased travel bans on people traveling to the U.S.

Feb 1, 2017

President's Commentary: Why would unions care about the environment?

Canadians believed they were electing a different kind of government than we had in the last decade. We need to make sure that they will meet that promise, for the common good of all of us. 

Oct 3, 2016

President's Commentary: Labour Day renews our commitment to stand in solidarity for justice and equality

"The National Union and its Components have fought these governments and their policies every step of the way. We are ready to put that experience to work again." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

Sep 1, 2016