OTTAWA, June 6, 2011 /CNW/ - The federal budget that was tabled in
Parliament today by the Harper Conservatives aims to reduce the deficit
on the backs of hard working Canadians by slashing essential services,
said the Public Service Alliance of Canada. In response, the PSAC
launched a national campaign to reach out to Canadians in workplaces
and communities across the country.
"Cutting public services and jobs is the wrong priority at the wrong
time," said John Gordon, National President of PSAC. "A majority in
Parliament does not give Harper the license to ignore the Canadian
The national campaign will begin with a Google and Facebook ad campaign
that will direct people to send a message to Stephen Harper and Tony
Clement in favour of public services. PSAC is also calling on everyone
to Tweet their support for public services to @TonyClementCPC.
A secret Cabinet committee led by Tony Clement will make the final
decisions on cuts to services. But the vast majority of Canadians did
not give Harper a mandate to cut the services they depend on. Instead
of listening to Canadians, the Harper Conservatives have decided to
transfer $4 billion from vital public services to corporate bank
accounts with no strings attached.
"Tony Clement has a responsibility to safeguard the public services
Canadian families depend on," said Gordon. "He also has a legal
obligation to uphold collective agreements."
Standing together with its partners, PSAC will work to ensure this
government respects its obligations to protect quality public services
and jobs for all Canadians.
In the coming months, PSAC will organize its members to engage their
communities from coast to coast to coast, and meet with
Parliamentarians in their constituencies to ensure public services are
not eroded in favour of corporate tax cuts. In addition, the union will
be contacting and bringing thousands of its members together to train
them in their rights and in a campaign to defend services.
For further information:
visit www.psac-afpc.com/nocuts or contact:
Alain Cosette, PSAC Communications, 613-293-9210 (mobile)
Shelina Merani, PSAC Communications, 613-293-9324 (mobile)