TORONTO, June 2, 2013 /CNW/ - A group of Canadian academics,
journalists, actors and union leaders sent an open letter to Prime
Minister Stephen Harper today urging him to remove provisions in budget
implementation bill C-60 that would allow for government intervention
in Crown corporations, including CBC and Canada Post.
The House of Commons will vote on Bill C-60 this coming week.
The letter is signed by 89 Canadians, including former Canada Industrial
Relations Board chair Warren Edmonson, former Radio-Canada VP Sylvain
Lafrance, writer Susan Swan, actors Shirley Douglas, Wendy Crewson,
Peter Keleghan, and Sarah Gadon, Canadian Labour Congress president Ken
Georgetti, lawyers Paul Cavalluzzo and Michel Coutu, and academics
George Smith, Larry Haiven and Collette Brin.
The text of the letter is below.
The letter with the full list of signatories can be found at http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/fix-bill-c-60-r%C3%A9ctifiez-le-projet-de-loi-c-60.html, where Canadians are invited to add their name.
Honourable Stephen Harper, MP, PC
Prime Minister of Canada
We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about provisions in the
omnibus budget Bill C-60 that allow for direct government involvement
with negotiations between employees and their employers at 48 Crown
corporations, including CBC, Canada Post and Via Rail.
The changes Bill C-60 makes to the Financial Administration Act go
against the spirit of the Canada Labour Code to support productive
relationships between unions and management "in the best interests of
Canada in ensuring a just share of the fruits of progress to all…" They
stand to take away a fundamental freedom of Canadian democracy: the
right to free collective bargaining.
The government already exerts significant power over Crown Corporations,
which are supposed to be at arm's length, by appointing the presidents
and board members.
The government intervention in Canada Post's negotiations with employees
in 2011 would become a permanent feature for all Crown Corporations.
The new government powers would disrupt the relationships between Crown
Corporations and their employees, which we believe will have negative
consequences on Canadian society and the economy for years to come.
Furthermore, by participating directly in management decisions at
CBC/Radio-Canada, the government could participate directly in
discussions about news programming and assignments at the largest news
organization in the country. This is a line that should not be crossed
in a democratic country.
We believe this legislation will curb the rights of Canadian workers and
employers to negotiate collectively for fair wages and working
We ask you to remove these unprecedented and unnecessary new powers over
Crown Corporations from Bill C-60.
SOURCE: Canadian Media Guild
For further information:
contact Karen Wirsig, Canadian Media Guild, 416-578-1651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.