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President's Commentary

July 15, 2019

In Alberta, with Jason Kenney's new government, if you dare to dissent from his view of the tar sands or the energy sector, you will be faced with a well-financed ‘war room’ smear campagin, funded largely by taxpayers' dollars, to discredit you and your message.

September 21, 2018

This is a bad deal for Canadians.  Even the government, trying to prove this is a good deal, released a study that proves the opposite.  The so-called benefits of the TPP are so minor that we need a magnifying glass to see them, while the loss of jobs and the stagnation of wages will be unfortunately far too easy to spot.

August 30, 2018

The hope for our best future lies in this broad solidarity. We are the ones who know how to get things done when we work together. We are the ones who have learned from the past, and are working for a better future for everyone. We are proud of our accomplishments — those that benefit our members and those that benefit everyone else, too.  And we have much to be proud of.  — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

June 15, 2017

"We could retake control of our own economy, rather than allow every major decision to be made by corporations in their own interests.  Imagine an economy that serves the people, instead of the current system where people serve the dictates of the economy — in reality, serve the dictates of large corporations." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

February 15, 2017

CETA was passed with no evidence whatsoever of any benefit arising for the people of either the EU or Canada.  CETA is good because it is good, and it is good because it is good.  One can hear more sophisticated reasoning in almost any kindergarten class.

Ottawa (15 Feb. 2017) — The CETA Scorecard stands at Multinational Corporations 1, the People 0. But the game isn’t nearly over.

February 1, 2017

NUPGE President Larry Brown argues that the temptation to laugh, even if the laugh was bitter, has been erased over the last few days as the Trump administration issued racist and religiously biased travel bans on people traveling to the U.S.

October 3, 2016

Canadians believed they were electing a different kind of government than we had in the last decade. We need to make sure that they will meet that promise, for the common good of all of us. 

September 1, 2016

"The National Union and its Components have fought these governments and their policies every step of the way. We are ready to put that experience to work again." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President

June 17, 2016

"Values like sharing, caring, love, respect, and taking responsibility for our lives and how we want to be treated. These are the values that define us. They are what breathe meaning into the word solidarity. They are what give motion to our movement." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President

April 22, 2016

After 67 years, the federal government has run out of excuses. It can no longer justify its refusal to ratify ILO Convention No. 98, since the right to organize and bargain collectively is now recognized as a constitutional right in Canada.