Police to converge on Parliament Hill for Annual Police Day

    OTTAWA, April 21 /CNW Telbec/ - Today more than 150 front line police
personnel representing 57,000 members of the Canadian Police Association (CPA)
are converging on Parliament Hill today to meet with politicians to discuss
law and order issues.
    The CPA Annual Police Day affords an opportunity for legislators to hear
first hand the perspective of front line police personnel, on justice and law
enforcement issues that merit legislative change or government action. Over
150 meetings between members of the Canadian Police Association and their
respective members of the House of Commons and of the Senate have been
scheduled throughout the day. This year, the CPA delegates are bringing four
"issues" to the attention of legislators:
    - Government Promise of at Least 2,500 More Front-Line Police Officers
    - Independent Association for the RCMP
    - Public Safety Occupations Compensation Benefit
    - Public Safety Occupation Designation for Public Safety Personnel

    "Our advocacy experience has demonstrated the value in having the
front-line police perspective brought to the attention of legislators", said
Charles Momy, President of the CPA. "Our delegates bring forward a unique and
valuable point of view in justice and law enforcement related issues. Today we
are asking the government of Canada to live up to their 2006 election promise
to negotiate with the provinces and municipalities to put 2500 new police
officers on the streets in our communities. This requires long-term,
sustainable funding which exceeds what the government introduced in the Police
Officers Recruitment Fund. We are also asking Parliament to grant fundamental
rights of RCMP members to form an Association and collectively bargain with
their employer. Justice MacDonnell of the Ontario Superior Court recently
struck down the RCMP labour relations system as unconstitutional. "

    The CPA is the national voice for 57,000 police personnel serving across
Canada. Through our 160 member associations, CPA membership includes police
personnel serving in police services from Canada's smallest towns and villages
as well as those working in our largest municipal cities, provincial police
services, members of the RCMP, railway police, and First Nations police

    Fact Sheets on each CPA 2009 Advocacy Issues can be consulted at
www.cpa-acp.ca under "Judicial Reform".


    Tuesday April 21, 2009 - Charles Lynch Room, Centre Block, Parliament
    Hill, Ottawa

    Amended time to 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
    Press Conference with CPA President Charles Momy

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Collin, Communications Officer, (613)
231-4168, Cell: (613) 299-6516, pcollin@cpa-acp.ca

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