OTTAWA, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - Prime Minister Stephen Harper should focus on
ensuring regulations that protect Canadians' health and safety are
enforced, said the Public Service Alliance of Canada. The Red Tape
Reduction Commission announced last week is not representative and
fails to address the priorities of Canadians in a meaningful way.
Made up entirely of Conservative Members of Parliament, business owners
and lobbyists, there is a significant risk that this advisory body will
seek to reduce regulatory compliance, instead of improving the capacity
of government to protect the interests of its citizens.
"The creation of this partisan commission comes as no surprise. It is a
direct result of pressure from corporations, developers and
professional lobby groups who want to cut regulations that are meant to
keep Canadians safe from harm," said John Gordon, PSAC National
While the commission is mandated to ensure its recommendations do not
weaken health and safety and environmental standards, the Commission
does not include experts in these fields.
Environics focus group and polling results clearly demonstrate that
Canadians support limiting unnecessary bureaucratic procedures, but not
to the detriment of protection through regulation.
"Public sector workers play a vital role in saving lives and ensuring
essential food safety, health, transportation safety, and environmental
services are provided to Canadians efficiently."
"The listeria food poisoning outbreak is just one example of the impact
deregulation has had on Canadian lives. These are issues that override
concerns about bureaucracy and red tape," concluded Gordon.
The Public Service Alliance of Canada represents over 11,000 workers in
the Technical Services Group and 4,300 workers at the Canada Food
Inspection Agency who monitor and enforce compliance with federal
For further information:
Shelina Merani, PSAC Communications, (613) 293-9324, email@example.com