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10 Questions You Should Ask Federal Candidates in 2015
The following are meant to complement PIPSC's 10-point plan to restore Canada’s federal public service. Before you vote on October 19, 2015, consider asking candidates who come to your door or at local all-candidates debates the following questions:
If elected, will you and your party commit to allow federal scientists to speak freely with media about their research, excluding of course research deemed too sensitive for reasons of national security?
Will your party commit to reinvest in adequate staff at CRA to properly target and investigate offshore tax cheats instead of charities?
Will you and your party commit to reducing government dependence on outsourcing, which currently costs Canadians $10 billion a year?
Will your party reinvest in government science programs – specifically, government science aimed at protecting the environment and Canadians’ health and safety as well as improving innovation?
Will your party overturn recent laws attacking free and fair collective bargaining, specifically contained in 2013’s omnibus budget bill C-4 and 2015’s omnibus budget bill C-59?
Will your party restore the mandatory long-form census?
Will your party stop the assault on professional, independent federal watchdogs?
Will your party restore and strengthen federal health, safety, and environmental regulations recently eliminated or weakened by the current government?
Will your party commit to make the role of Parliamentary Budget Officer independent of the Prime Minister and the government in power?
Will your party commit to strengthen federal employee whistleblower protections?