A sad week for human rights in Canada

Bill C-33

By the National Union of Public and General Employees, 16 March 2012

“Based on the well-respected premise that labour rights are human rights, this has been a sad week for human rights in Canada,” according to James Clancy, president of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).

Clancy was commenting on the Harper government’s passage of Bill C-33, An Act to provide for the continuation and resumption of air service operations, on Tuesday as well as the BC government’s Bill 22, Education Improvement Act, which was passed in the provincial legislature yesterday.

Both pieces of legislation deny the constitutional rights of Canadian workers. In 2007, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the right of workers to bargain collectively was protected by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and any attempt by governments to substantially restrict that right would be viewed as unconstitutional. [...]

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