In the National Capital Region, PSAC supports candidates who support workers

    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - The Public Service Alliance of Canada in
the National Capital Region (PSAC-NCR) believes its members should support the
following candidates:

    In Ontario:
    -  Paul Dewar, New Democratic Party, Ottawa-Centre;
    -  Marc Godbout, Liberal, Ottawa-Orléans;
    -  Marlene Rivier, NDP, Ottawa-Ouest-Nepean;
    -  Dan Boudria, Liberal, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell;
    -  Trevor Haché, NDP, Ottawa-Vanier.

    In the Outaouais:
    -  Richard Nadeau, Bloc Québécois, Gatineau;
    -  Pierre Ducasse, NDP, Hull-Aylmer;
    -  Céline Brault, NDP, Pontiac;
    -  Mario Laframboise, Bloc Québécois, Argenteuil-Mirabel-Papineau.

    "We hope that the 54,000 members living in the Region will take these
recommendations into account when they go out and vote," said Maria
Fitzpatrick, the Regional Executive Vice-President of the PSAC-NCR. "We
respect the intelligence of our members, and we are passing on these
recommendations to them with all humility. We are not giving any orders, and
we are supporting these candidates from a union perspective. Furthermore, this
support does take into consideration the support these candidates have shown
for a strong public sector, made of permanent employees, with the means to
provide quality public services."
    These recommendations were ratified by members of the Ottawa Regional
Council (ORC) and the Conseil régional d'action politique de l'Outaouais
(CRAPO) at meetings held on October 8. These conclude an electoral process
that included: face to face meetings with candidates, debates in
Ottawa-Centre, Gatineau and Hull-Aylmer ridings and written responses from
candidates in many ridings in the National Capital Region.
    "In the Outaouais, the meetings with the candidates, the debates and the
answers to our questions produced comparable evaluations of the NDP and the
Bloc candidates," explained Daniel Charron, the president of CRAPO. "This is
no surprise, given the support both parties have traditionally given to
workers and the Public Service. We have given the nod to Pierre Ducasse in
Hull-Aylmer and to Richard Nadeau in Gatineau, because we believe they are
best able to support our demands for the development of quality and universal
public services accessible to people everywhere in Canada."
    The recommendations by both regional political action committees were
approved by John Gordon, the National President of PSAC. The 54,000 PSAC
members represent the largest union in the National Capital Region and are
regrouped within some 150 locals. They were informed of these recommendations

    Additional notes

    - The PSAC in the National Capital Region has 54,000 members scattered
      throughout 16 electoral ridings located on both sides of the Ottawa
      River. Gatineau, with 5,871 members, has the largest concentration of
      members, followed by Hull-Aylmer, 5,723 and Ottawa-Orléans, 5,253. If
      we include to that total the 4,012 Ottawa-Centre members, there are
      more than 20,000 of our members who reside in the four ridings that
      were targeted by the PSAC during this election campaign.

    - Members were informed of the issues in this election and the
      candidates' positions through debates, meetings with candidates and
      especially their written answers to the PSAC questionnaire. The
      regional PSAC-NCR website was the preferred medium to keep members
      abreast of the issues:

    - PSAC members in the National Capital Region have been active in the
      political arena for several months. They met with several candidates
      and MPs in Ontario and Quebec ridings to exchange ideas and views on
      matters affecting them and to obtain their support in certain cases.
      These meetings and the candidates' and parties' positions also figured
      in the final evaluation on which today's recommendations are based.

    - PSAC-RCN supports Paul Dewar of the NDP in Ottawa-Centre. We believe he
      is the best defender of workers' rights and the person who best
      understands and respects public service.

    - Marc Godbout of the Liberals in Ottawa-Orléans has displayed
      sensitivity to effectively representing the interests of our members
      both as citizens and as employees of the federal Public Service.

    - PSAC-RCN supports Bloc Québécois candidate Richard Nadeau in Gatineau
      following a complete analysis were he and Françoise Boivin of the NDP
      were neck and neck. However, we believe Richard Nadeau should receive
      our support because he has been a staunch ally of the PSAC since his

    - Our support to NDP candidate Pierre Ducasse in Hull-Aylmer is based on
      our September 29 debate and the candidates' answers to our

    - In the other ridings, we based our recommendations on the candidates'
      and the parties' positions on different issues, such as: quality public
      service, working conditions in the public service, environment, support
      for an anti-scab legislation and for pay equity.

    - The Conservatives in the National Capital Region refused to debate, to
      meet with us and to answer our questions, with the exception of Denis
      Tassé in Gatineau and Lawrence Cannon in Pontiac whom we met with on
      October 8. These refusals show a lack of respect for our 54,000 members
      who are at the heart of the most important economic activity in the
      National Capital Region.

    - In light of the rare exchanges we had with conservative candidates, we
      have to conclude that the positions taken by this party represent a
      threat for a public service made of permanent employees with the means
      to provide quality public services and universally accessible to all
      Canadians. We don't believe that it would be in our members' best
      interest to vote for conservative candidates.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Lebel, Regional Representative, PSAC,
(819) 777-4647, (613) 293-4663

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