"We are pleased to see acknowledgement of many of these issues and a timeline to address funding and staffing, quality of care, and accountability in the sector.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Watch OPSEU/NUPGE's new video, Telling our stories: reimagining the safety net, about social services and social service workers in Ontario.
Vancouver (01 March 2017) — When the B.C. Liberals delivered a pre-election budget with uncharacteristic commitments to new spending, Finance Minister Mike de Jong boasted about the province’s ability to make service and program investments after so many years of discipline and sacrifice by British Columbians.
“This report echoes what the BCGEU has been saying for a long time, and that is, there needs to be more funding and staffing for both legal aid and court services in B.C.” – Stephanie Smith, President BCGEU
“When it comes down to it, this is about the need for stable, predictable funding for our First Nations communities." —Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The report's finding are "particularly alarming considering that in Canada, seniors make up the fastest-growing age demographic.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Our members remember what happened when health care funding was cut in 1995 during a previous Liberal reign. In many ways, we are still recovering from it. Now would be a good time for the Prime Minister, as well as the Premiers, to listen to the voices of front-line health care professionals." — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
"We have a role to play in holding our institutions — the military, the police, the judiciary — to account when they allow violence to be perpetrated. As unionists, we have the responsibility to support the vulnerable in our midst." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
"The Liberal government has an excellent opportunity as it negotiates a new Health Accord to put concrete measures in place to support people living with AIDS and HIV. This means more funding, more research, increased support systems, and access to more affordable drugs." — Elisabeth Ballermann, NUPGE Secretary-Treasurer
“The government’s Fair Elections Financing Act will give the power of governance back to the people and keep big money interests at bay.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President