PSAC urges members to support Dewar and Bertschi in Ottawa

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 this week.

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.

SOURCE PSAC

For further information:

Ken Clavette, A/Regional Political Communications Officer (PSAC-NCR), 613-296-7334

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