OTTAWA, April 27 /CNW/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is
urging its members and the general public to support NDP candidate Paul
Dewar in Ottawa Centre, and Liberal candidate David Bertschi in
Ottawa-Orléans when they go out to vote on May 2. The endorsement by
the Ottawa Area Council (OAC) of the PSAC was ratified by its members
PSAC members have worked with Dewar since his election to Parliament in
2006 on a wide range of issues from the protection of Canadian culture,
food security, to health care and pay equity.
"In the short time he has been in office he has demonstrated that he
supports and values those who work in public service," said Maria
Fitzpatrick, Regional Executive Vice-President of the PSAC for the
National Capital Region. "The issues that are important to our members
are also the same issues that he cares about," she said.
Dewar has been a strong voice for bankruptcy protection for workers'
pensions and has called for the expansion of the Canada Pension Plan
for all Canadians. He wants an increase in the Guaranteed Income
Supplement and Old Age Security and to make it mandatory. He wants to
put seniors and veterans ahead of tax cuts for rich corporations.
"Dewar has promised to protect Crown Corporations from being sold off
and would help put an end to Public Private Partnerships (P3s) which
are a waste of tax dollars." said Fitzpatrick.
Liberal candidate David Bertschi in Ottawa-Orléans has met with members
of the Ottawa Area Council and is committed to maintaining and
protecting the public service from cuts, as well as respecting the role
that public service workers play across the country.
"He supports the union's call to advocate for a national childcare
program and if elected will work for a renewed partnership with the
provinces," explained Fitzpatrick.
Bertschi wants to stop further corporate tax giveaways to the richest
and most profitable corporations and instead take action to protect and
strengthen our public pension system.
There are approximately 59,000 PSAC members in the National Capital
Region with over 6,000 living in the Ottawa-Orléans riding and over
4,000 living in Ottawa Centre.
For further information:
Ken Clavette, A/Regional Political Communications Officer (PSAC-NCR), 613-296-7334