Federal Election 2008
Vice-President Gary Corbett (left) and Ontario Regional Director Al Ravjiani joined President Michèle Demers in Toronto for the press conference at the launch of the www.foodsafetyfirst.ca Web site initiated and run by the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
PIPSC is a non-partisan union which does not tell its members for whom to vote. Our duty is to defend the interests of our members and, by extension, the interests of the Canadian public.
That’s why the Institute went into action to encourage its members to speak up on issues affecting them during the federal election campaign. Over recent months, the federal public service has been under attack and subjected to insidious and often unpredictable cuts which threaten the health and safety of Canadians.
The federal election was called for October 14. Within the limited time frame of five weeks (37 days) leading up to the election, the Institute’s election strategy endeavoured to:
The Professional Institute and the 2008 Federal Election
During the election campaign, the Institute:
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At a press conference on September 29, 2008, President Michèle Demers released the results of a survey conducted by Nanos Research, commissioned by the Institute, on Canadians' views on current government policy on food safety. Pictured above with President Demers: (left to right) Chris Roberts, Research Officer; Anu Bose, of the consumer advocacy organization Option consommateurs; and Mike McBane of the Canadian Health Coalition.
According to the survey, an overwhelming majority of Canadians are opposed to the Conservative government’s plans to cut key food safety programs and to expand industry self-policing. The survey results were obtained through a random telephone survey conducted by Nanos Research with 1,200 Canadians from September 20 to 22, 2008. The results are accurate within 2.8%, 19 times out of 20. Visit www.pipsc.ca for the full report on the survey.
The responses to one of the questions in the Nanos Research poll conducted in September 2008. President Demers commented: “Listeriosis, tainted mik and Gerry Ritz have put food safety on the agenda. The message from Canadians is clear. They reject the discredited laissez-faire approach to food safety.”