"We do not need our government to be bullied into a bad trade deal." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Successive federal governments have talked tough on crime, terrorism and tax avoidance, while doing nothing to change weak rules about transparency for corporate ownership that facilitated those activities. While more is needed, it is encouraging to see governments recognizing the need to shut down the snow haven.
"If you ever wanted to see the strangest bed fellows, you would just have to look at the opposition to the Conservative legislation. From the NHL's Players' Association, to the Canadian Bar Association, to academics, accountants, labour and business people, we all knew that this legislation was undemocratic, undermining and unnecessary."— Larry Brown, NUPGE President
After promises of openness and transparency, government proposes a discussion paper that would limit debate and opposition.
“Protecting the safety and well-being of Canadians should come ahead of enabling well-heeled individuals and companies to avoid paying their share of the tax bill." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"Repealing these bills shows that this government understands that strong unions matter. It understands that giving workers the freedom to join together and speak our minds freely is vital to the health and prosperity of our communities and our country." Larry Brown, NUPGE President
“This entire situation is a glimpse into one of the major pitfalls of privatization of public services — a lack of transparency and accountability." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“I can’t believe that after the recent million dollar decision of the McNeil government not to privatize the motor vehicles, land and joint stock registries that [it] would even consider allowing the private sector anywhere near our health care system,” says Danny Cavanagh, NSFL President
“When the Liberals sold off 15 per cent of Hydro One, they removed it from the Sunshine List. Schmidt’s annual salary is $4.6 million — four times what his predecessor made. That’s the price of privatization, I guess." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
When you do business with public bodies and with public funds, you have an obligation to be transparent. These corporations obviously see it a different way and want to put their business interests ahead of the public’s right to know.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President