President's Commentary

President's Commentary: The top ten reasons to expand the Canada Pension Plan

CPP is the envy of the world: it’s secure, funded on a sound basis and well managed by professional staff independent of government.

Oct 31, 2010

President's Commentary: Decisions by G-20 leaders point to a bleak future for struggling families

(5 July 2010) - 'The big winners were the same financial institutions responsible for the economic crisis in the first place. Rather than seize the opportunity to act, the G-20 leaders failed to agree on any new regulations for the financial sector.' - James Clancy.

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Jul 8, 2010

President’s Commentary: Budget advice from the National Union to the Harper government

(11 Feb. 2010) - The top priority for the upcoming federal budget must be to preserve and create good jobs. The budget should also invest in building a healthier, smarter, greener and more secure Canada, says NUPGE president James Clancy.

Feb 14, 2010

President’s Commentary: Two steps forward and one step backward for labour rights in 2009

(29 Jan. 2010) - While 2009 provided several significant victories for workers across Canada, governments continued their legislative attack on the rights of labour, says NUPGE president James Clancy.

Jan 31, 2010

President's Commentary: National Pensions Summit needed to explore all retirement security options

(16 Dec. 2009) - 'We need a National Pensions Summit that provides Canadians from all walks of life with an open forum to fairly explore and assess the viability of all options designed to improve retirement security for all Canadians.'  - James Clancy.

Dec 17, 2009

President’s Commentary: Stephen Harper is diminishing Canada's international reputation

(27 Nov. 2009) - NUPGE president James Clancy says Harper is changing Canada so radically that we could lose more than our good name – already badly damaged on the world stage. "We just might lose Canada altogether," he writes.

Dec 7, 2009

President’s Commentary: Wall government’s Bill 80 is pay back to big business and phony unions

(16 Oct. 2009) - The objectives of the legislation are threefold: to eliminate sectoral bargaining, to allow the establishment of employer-dominated company unions and to greatly reduce the power of unions in the construction industry.

Oct 15, 2009

President's Commentary: Cruel and needless recession hangs like a cloud over Labour Day 2009

(31 Aug. 2009) - 'I ask you to reflect on the victims of this powerful recession and to speak out for the changes that our government must make if we are to build a better world for ourselves and our families.'

Sep 3, 2009

President’s commentary: Still waiting after 60 years

(28 July 2009) - Why is Canada still refusing to ratify ILO Convention No. 98 – the right to form unions and bargain collectively? After 60 years, the federal government has run out of excuses. Even the Supreme Court of Canada has recognized this right. - James Clancy.

Jul 27, 2009

Clancy praises B.C. forest service firefighters

(22 July 2009) - "My heart goes out to all those families whose lives have been disrupted by the fires. I can’t imagine what they have felt." - James Clancy.

Jul 22, 2009