President's Commentary

President's Commentary: Sweetheart deal for wealthy tax avoiders

By giving KPMG customers an amnesty, the CRA is saying that those guilty of the worst offences will get off lightly, while those guilty of less severe offences will face serious penalties. For the overwhelming majority of Canadians, that is deeply offensive.

Mar 17, 2016

President's Commentary: If all the world's a stage, public service workers finally get a starring role

A play called The Public Servant is about to open in Toronto and will help put a human face on all the caring and hard-working people in our public service.

Feb 29, 2016

If you have a family, then you almost certainly rely on Community Service Workers

Please spare a moment to think about all the Community Service Workers standing ready in case your family needs help or support. In fact, your family is probably already receiving support from one of these workers.

Feb 12, 2016

President's Commentary: Repealing anti-union laws is a win for all Canadians

The demise of those bills will be cause for all of us to celebrate. Let’s hope this represents the beginning of a new and important era of respect for labour rights and working people in Canada by our federal government.

Feb 1, 2016

President's Commentary: Federal government must put an end to paid blood donations

Profit-driven corporations that buy blood are the health care equivalent to the parasites behind the payday loan industry, shamelessly preying on the most vulnerable. — James Clancy, NUPGE Natonal President

Jan 26, 2016

President's Commentary: Year-end thoughts

"This was the year that people said we’ve had enough ─ and took action. Conversations took place in every corner of the country about what kind of country Canada was becoming and people didn’t like it. People were tired of fighting at every turn against blind ideology. And we made change." James Clancy, NUPGE National President

Dec 23, 2015

President's Commentary: Truth and Reconciliation Commission is a gift to us all

"The two or three Mi’kmaq women who sat with Nora Bernard around her kitchen table in Truro, Nova Scotia, in 1987 strengthened us all. They believed in themselves. They believed they could find many more men and women of good will to stand with them and fight the good fight for dignity and justice for all Indigenous people. And they did. This strengthens us all." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

Dec 21, 2015

President's Commentary: We Can Do Better: It’s Time For Change.

"This, Sisters and Brothers, is the most meaningful and exciting Labour Day I’ve ever experienced. Never before have we been so close to electing a government that stands for all Canadians, not just the rich ones." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

Sep 4, 2015

President’s Commentary: It isn’t about sexist culture, it is about leadership

Harper should declare that the federal government, and all its institutions, has zero tolerance for sexist or abusive behaviour. Full stop.

Jun 18, 2015

Workers gather in Wisconsin to protest right to work legislation

"We send a message of solidarity to the workers in Wisconsin today, as they once again fight to preserve their long-standing union rights. We know all too well that these so-called right-to-work laws are more of the agenda to silence workers into accepting poor working conditions and low wages." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Feb 25, 2015