Nick Stein Item (m)
The Committee met in Toronto April 6-7/11 with Co-chair Cosimo Crupi and Presidents Representative, Brad Feraday in attendance. The minutes of this report have been distributed.
The main issue of this meeting was preparing a series of issues that were important to our members prior to the May 2nd federal election. These issues included questions that our members should be asking candidates in this election. These were immediately posted on the UTE web site and also mailed to all members in the UTE newsletter.
The election results are in and we have a Harper majority government that will make the lives of not only our members but all PSAC members and the public increasingly difficult as it is anticipated Harper will proceed with his mandate to make government smaller by cutting jobs, which means reducing the services we provide to Canadians. This is fundamentally and morally wrong for Canadians deserve quality public services and we do a great job providing these services.
While a Conservative majority is not a good thing for public sector workers, the election of an Opposition that works for Canadians and their families is a tremendous opportunity to have our issues forefront in Parliament. We have to work with the Official Opposition to make our issues their issues.
We must make the Conservatives accountable for their actions, and we will do this by letting the public know that services will be cut by reducing the size of government. It makes absolutely no sense to reduce the size of the CRA as it is us who drive the economy by doing our jobs and ensuring that taxes are properly paid. Without us and our members, many, many services will be reduced and we have to ensure that we continue to tell not only Canadians but also parliamentarians that we need more staff, not less.
This is my last report as Chair of this Committee and I would like to THANK all Committee members, both reps and staff who have served with me. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t comment on the work of this Committee. I am of the opinion that Political Action is of great importance to our Union and unfortunately this Committee has been under used. I am hoping that in the future the relevance of this Committee rises as it should.
Chair of the Committee