President's Commentary

President’s commentary: Canada's shameful refusal to ratify the ILO convention on forced labour

(18 June 2009) - Canada has a shameful secret, says NUPGE president James Clancy. It is one of only nine countries in the world that have failed to ratify the International Labour Organization's Convention No. 29 on Forced Labour.

Jun 17, 2009

President’s Commentary: Lies about the deficit

(2 June 2009) - Canada's social infrastructure is starving for funds despite right-wing lies about the cause of Jim Flaherty's projected $50 billion deficit.

Jun 2, 2009

President’s Commentary: The Harper government refuses to stop credit card companies from gouging

(24 May 2009) - As long as Harper and his cabinet let the big banks write the rules, we'll continue to have a financial system that's good for them and bad for everyone else.

May 24, 2009

President’s Commentary: A people’s response to the economic crisis

(18 May 2009) - The “experts” had their chance. We tried it their way. It didn’t work. Now it’s our turn. It’s our turn to ensure our governments find real economic alternatives that work for everybody. — Commentary by NUPGE president James Clancy.

May 19, 2009

President’s Commentary: Financial Post excuses corporations by blaming unions for the recession

(31 March 2009) - The same corporate 'experts' who flattened the stock market and triggered the economic crisis with relentless deregulation are now claiming that higher wages for workers is bad for the economy — Commentary by NUPGE president James Clancy.

Mar 30, 2009

President’s Commentary: Pension debate must focus on expanding Canada's public pensions system

(20 March 2009) - The second of two commentaries by James Clancy, national president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), on the challenges facing pension plans in Canada. Read first commentary

Mar 20, 2009

President’s Commentary: Don't let the fox guard the henhouse when dealing with Canadian pensions

(19 March 2009) - The first of two commentaries by James Clancy, national president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), on the challenges facing pension plans in Canada.

Mar 19, 2009

Health care and the common good

(Aug 15, 2007) -- 'The CMA is undermining the most fundamental premises of our national Medicare system – health care is not a commodity that should be bought or sold. It is a common good and needs to be treated and respected in this manner.'

Aug 14, 2007