PSAC urges members to support Richard Nadeau in Gatineau

GATINEAU, April 14 /CNW/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) is urging its members and the general public to support Bloc Québécois candidate Richard Nadeau, when they go out to vote on May 2.

The Conseil régional d'action politique de l'Outaouais (CRAPO) endorsement was ratified by its members Wednesday, as was the case last week when Nycole Turmel, NDP candidate in Hull-Aylmer, received their support.

"Since his election in 2006, we have worked closely with Richard Nadeau as the MP for Gatineau," explained Maria Fitzpatrick, Regional Executive Vice-President of the PSAC for the National Capital Region.  "Richard Nadeau has always vigorously defended the relevance of a strong public service that provides all members of the public with quality services.  In 2008, he accepted a request from the union movement and tabled an anti-strikebreakers bill which came very close to being passed. In addition, we owe a great deal to him for the many federal buildings in construction in the Outaouais, because he always supported a more equitable allocation of federal jobs on both sides of the river. This is the type of commitment and unflagging support that convinced us to support his candidacy once again."

Members of CRAPO reviewed the platforms of the main candidates and their parties before making their recommendation.  Although the NDP and Liberal candidates are quality candidates in their own right, the members know they can count on Richard Nadeau to foster continued cooperation with the PSAC.  Meanwhile, CRAPO rejects totally the Conservatives' platform which calls for budget cuts exceeding $11 billion, which would require major cutbacks to public services, something that is unacceptable to CRAPO members.

The 59,000 members of PSAC make up the largest union in the Ottawa-Gatineau Region.  More than 6,100 PSAC members in Gatineau are eligible to vote in this election.


For further information:

Ken Clavette, PSAC Communications, 613-296-7334 (for English)
Pierre Lebel, PSAC union representative, 613-293-4663 (for French)


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