Prioritize Canadians' health and safety, not business "irritants"

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 President.

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 regulations.


SOURCE PSAC

For further information:

Shelina Merani, PSAC Communications, (613) 293-9324, meranis@psac.com


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