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Alternate service delivery is privatization

5 / 26 / 2015

The keynote speech from the provincial government's recent public forum - part of its strategic program review - was on alternate service delivery.If you're unfamiliar with the term, here's how a press release described it, "the fiscal and service benefits of partnering with the private sector for the delivery of government services."There's a much easier way to describe the idea put forth by John Bethel - a partner in Ernst & Young’s Vancouver office and a former British Columbia civil...

Unions directly linked to strong economy, middle class

5 / 21 / 2015

"I'm committed to growing the middle class and giving every Canadian a real and fair chance to succeed." - Justin Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party of Canada“I believe the most important economic asset Canada has is the middle class.” - Thomas Mulcair, leader of the New Democratic Party"One party and one party alone stands for middle-class Canadians and seniors, and that is this party." - Stephen Harper, leader of the Conservative PartyThe middle class will be on the lips...

Law professor answers questions about Bill C-51

5 / 12 / 2015

Recently, the House of Commons passed the federal government's controversial anti-terrorism law, Bill -C-51, with a few small amendments. In the build up to the vote, numerous Canadians spoke against it including former Prime Ministers. Law Professors from across the country wrote a letter detailing numerous issues with the bill. Among those professors was Dr. Jula Hughes of the University of New Brunswick. An associate professor of law at UNB, Hughes main research areas are judicial ethics, particularly disqualification, and the...

Several groups speak against Bill C-377

5 / 6 / 2015

Despite being labelled as unnecessary and an attack on labour unions, Bill C-377 was before the Senate's Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee recently for a hearing.A private member's bill, Bill C-377 would amend the Income Tax Act to force unions to provide an incredibly onerous level of detailed financial disclosure about their work on behalf of their members. If implemented, the bill would cost Canadian taxpayers dearly. Estimates peg the cost of implementing the legislation at more than $20 million...

In defence of public sector workers

5 / 5 / 2015

Civil servant, public sector worker or government employee.Say those words aloud and it will conjure up a distinct image for most people. The picture in their head is an office worker behind a desk in a Fredericton building. While that image would be correct for some members of the public sector, it's not true for all.For years, media and the government itself has - consciously or unconsciously - lead many to believe public servants are the root of financial problems...

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