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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

Honouring our veterans just one day a year is not good enough, says NUPGE National President

“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

Nov 10, 2014

For the Conservatives, only wealthy families matter, but for the rest of Canada, income inequality continues to grow

“If the well-being of Canadian children was a priority for this government, they would be putting a national child care program ahead of yet another tax cut for the wealthy.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.

Oct 31, 2014

President's Commentary: Critics of universal child care are flat wrong to suggest it limits parental freedom

Universal child care can be a money-maker for government, wind under the wings of student achievement, and a powerful force for equality between women and men. What’s to stop us? Only the ignorant—perhaps willful—misrepresentations of universal child care coming from the federal Tories and dogmatic newspaper columnists.

Oct 23, 2014

Canada Revenue Agency charity audits – Due process or dangerous for democracy?

Without the right to dissent, democracy is made impossible.

Sep 22, 2014

President's Commentary: Unions have always been about fairness

The Fairness Express is on the road on Labour Day to remind Canadians of the need for fairness.

Aug 29, 2014