2008 Election Wrap-up
Message from the President
The federal election is finally over. It’s time now for us to roll up our sleeves, take a determined, patient breath and get down to working unambiguously with Mr. Harper’s Conservative Minority Government.
During the election campaign, we spent a great deal of time and effort making the country aware of some of the issues that affect the public service: privatization, contracting out, deregulation and food safety. We were heard!.
Substantial challenges lie ahead. But, the fragmented political landscape gives us the advantage of being able to rally support from different corners of the political boxing ring. We garnered commitments from some candidates during the campaign, and we are going to count on these allies in the coming months.
The very first thing we need to do is to convince the Prime Minister and his government to stop muzzling and intimidating professionals and scientists working for the Government of Canada. As was clearly evident in the results of the Nanos polls , Canadians depend on a professional public service they can trust to protect their health and safety. This is not a responsibility our members take lightly. Their employer, the Government of Canada, is duty-bound to provide the tools and resources needed to perform their jobs and to fulfill their obligations to the Canadian population.
On the issue of collective bargaining, we are going to continue applying pressure at several levels to ensure negotiations come to fruition. It is inexcusable and unacceptable that talks have been stuck in limbo for months, and that more than 42,000 of our members still have no collective agreement. The Public Service Labour Relations Board (PSLRB) ruled in our favour in our bad faith bargaining complaint against the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. It is a victory that should help us convince the Prime Minister to provide a clear, precise mandate to his bargaining teams to ensure that agreements can be reached in a professional and business-like fashion.
I wish to thank each and every one of you who worked with us in our campaign. It is because of your efforts and collaboration that we were able to make our concerns known in the public arena. We need you to keep our cause moving forward.