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The election of a Conservative majority government should be cause for concern for public service workers and all Canadians who believe in the role of government in providing quality public services.

Stephen Harper has been given the responsibility of government for the coming four years. Given his actions while in a minority government, we are very concerned about his plans now that he has achieved a majority. PSAC celebrates the election of progressive candidates who will need to hold the government to account for its policies, particularly with regards to public services.

The New Democratic Party, with its historic win and official opposition status, must keep Harper to his word that he will not cut public services to Canadians or turn the clock back on equality. Newly elected MPs from the labour movement such as Nycole Turmel, the former National President of PSAC and MP-elect in Hull-Aylmer, bode well for a strong, principled opposition in the next Parliament.

Throughout the election campaign, PSAC reached out to its membership across the country and received very positive feedback on our priority issues. PSAC members will have to redouble our efforts and come together to confront attacks on the public service and the rights of our members.

The Conservative platform promised to reduce program spending by a significant amount but did little to explain where these savings would come from. Continued strategic reviews of departments and the proposed operational review of government program spending will no doubt have a significant impact on the quality and accessibility of public services enjoyed by all Canadians.

The reliance on attrition and efficiencies in the public sector to balance the budget will reduce the quality of the services provided by public service workers as they are called upon to provide the same service with less resources and staff.

PSAC will use all means at its disposal to enforce collective agreements and to protect its members from an erosion of their rights. We must all work together to ensure our quality public services and the workers that provide them remain an integral part of Canadian society and government.

Advance polling stations will be open from noon to 8PM on Friday, April 22, Saturday, April 23 and Monday, April 25. For information about were and how to vote visit elections.gc.ca

Whose priorities will count with our next federal government?

Since he was first elected in 2006, Stephen Harper has pursued an ideology that believes less government is better and little or no government is best of all. The Conservative government has been conducting an ongoing program of cuts to federal public services by stealth to avoid public, media and opposition party scrutiny.

These cumulative cuts ultimately lead to an erosion of public services and harm Canadians and their families who depend on them.
As a member of the PSAC, whether you work for the federal, territorial or municipal government, in a hospital, transition shelter or at a university, you understand that drastic cuts lead to poor quality services.

Harper’s priorities are not in line with what Canadians want when he spends money on self-promotion, super-jails and corporate tax cuts, ignoring serious issues like stable jobs, poverty, child care and retirement security.

In addition to whittling away at public services, the Conservatives have managed to turn governing into a one-man, top-down operation that punishes anyone with an opposing view. Our democracy is under threat.

The lack of respect for the people we elect, and the complete disregard this government has shown for our democratic traditions cannot be ignored.

When you visit the ballot box, vote for candidates who believe in public services and an accountable government.

Upcoming All Candidate’s Meetings

PSAC BC encourages all members to attend all candidate’s meetings in their riding.  These meetings are an excellent opportunity to find out about the candidates, hear their party’s platform on many issues, and to get their promises on record during the elections.

  • Vancouver Centre All Candidates Meeting – April 17, 2011 – West End Community Centre, Denman St. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • West Vancouver All Candidates Meeting – April 17, 2011  – West Vancouver Public Library,  1700 Mathers St. West Van 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • Esquimalt / Juan de Fuca (Goldstream) All Candidates Debate -  April 18 – Isabelle Reader Theatre Goldstream, 1026 Goldstream Ave. 7:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.
  • New Westminster/Coquitlam All Candidates Meeting – April 19, 2011 -Executive Plaza and Conference Centre 7:00 p.m.
  • Kingsway All Candidates Debate – April 20, 2011 – Collingwood Neighbourhood House, 5288 Joyce Street 7:00 p.m.
  • Esquimalt / Juan de Fuca (Colwood) All Candidates Debate -  April 20 – 510 Mount View, Colwood 7:30 p.m – 9:15 p.m.
  • New Westminster/Coquitlam All Candidates Meeting – April 21, 2011 -Banting Middle School 7:00 p.m.
  • Burnaby/Douglas – Thursday, April 28 – 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm, Alpha Secondary School, 4600 Parker St., Burnaby
  • Burnaby/Douglas – Friday, April 29 – 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, Capitol Hill Community Centre, 361 S. Howard Ave @ Hastings
  • Esquimalt / Juan de Fuca (Sooke) All Candidates Debate -  April 28 – Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road 7:30 p.m – 9:30 p.m.

Is there meeting or debate coming up in your riding? Let us know and we’ll add to the list.

In the upcoming federal election, ask candidates

  • What will you do to protect and promote public services?
  • Should the federal deficit be reduced at the cost of reducing government services?
  • What is your party’s position on outsourcing in the federal public service?
  • If your party is elected will you adequately fund federal environmental programs?
  • Will you invest in stronger protection by government to keep our communities safe?
  • Will you say no to corporate tax cuts?
  • Will you and your party commit to protecting workers’ pension plans and improving public pension coverage and benefits for all?
  • Will you commit to building a national, universal non-profit child care system?

Whose priorities will count with our next federal government?

Since he was first elected in 2006, Stephen Harper has pursued an ideology that believes less government is better and little or no government is best of all. The Conservative government has been conducting an ongoing program of cuts to federal public services by stealth to avoid public, media and opposition party scrutiny.

These cumulative cuts ultimately lead to an erosion of public services and harm Canadians and their families who depend on them.

As a member of the PSAC, whether you work for the federal, territorial or municipal government, in a hospital, transition shelter or at a university, you understand that drastic cuts lead to poor quality services. Harper’s priorities are not in line with what Canadians want when he spends money on self-promotion, super-jails and corporate tax cuts, ignoring serious issues like stable jobs, poverty, child care and retirement security.

In addition to whittling away at public services, the Conservatives have managed to turn governing into a one- man, top-down operation that punishes anyone with an opposing view. Our democracy is under threat. The lack of respect for the people we elect, and the complete disregard this government has shown for our democratic traditions cannot be ignored. Ask your candidates some hard questions.

Find out what their priorities are and if they deserve your vote.

We’ve had five years of misplaced priorities under the Harper Conservatives.

When you visit the ballot box, vote for candidates who believe in public services and an accountable government.

Michael Ignatieff has just announced that if elected, a Liberal government will create a new Early Childhood Learning and Care fund. Provinces and territories could apply to this fund for cost-sharing of new, affordable childcare spaces.

PSAC members have often expressed their distress at the current lack of quality, regulated, non-profit childcare. For years, polls have shown that childcare is a priority for a great majority of Canadians.

Two thirds of all women with children under five years old work outside the home. Childcare affects all women, regardless of their socio-economic status, racial background, sexual orientation or ability.

Read more at the national website.




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