Libby speaks out against back-to-work legislation

House of Commons
June 16, 2011

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, back-to-work legislation is an unjustified interference of the rights of workers to free collective bargaining.

The government's failure to address the pension crisis is what’s really at stake here.

The fact is that Conservatives are choosing a side. They are strengthening the position of large employers who want to dismantle defined-benefit pension plans.

Why is the labour minister siding with the dismantlement of pensions?

Hon. Lisa Raitt (Minister of Labour, CPC) :
Mr. Speaker, I would like to begin by indicating that the honourable member's characterization of labour law in Canada is completely incorrect. Also, it is important to note that there are no sides being taken in any kind of legislation that may be put before the House. We are on the side of the economy and of general Canadian interest, because we want these parties to do a deal. If they cannot do a deal, we will help them in the process to do so with the least amount of damage to the Canadian public.

Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP) :
Mr. Speaker, labour rights do exist in this country and the government's approach to the current labour disputes wreak of hypocrisy.

The government wants back-to-work legislation, denying workers the right to strike and undermining their capacity to bargain fairly.

In the case of Canada Post, it is a government agency that locked them out. How is that fair negotiation?

Why is the government getting in the middle of a labour dispute and picking winners and losers?

This Question Period Transcript was posted on June 16, 2011


Vancouver post

Canada post is an essential service for many businesses. A lot of business is moving to the internet. The convervatives did the right thing. The NDP trying their delaying games will not work. It will only piss off a lot of Canadians.

Postal Workers Being Vilified a postal worker for 25 years, I want to thank you for verbalizing what a lot of us feel right now about the vilification process that the Conservative government has embarked upon...your comments in the last few minutes are much appreciated by all of us postal workers who appreciate the voice you are providing us on this issue.

Dean Roosevelt, Toronto

AOHC Conference

Thank you so much for speaking at the AOHC conference. I am from Ontario and chair person of a CHC Board. The CHC movement is so important to the future of Canada's Health Care and, especially so for the primary care and support services to address the determinants of health of our most vulnerable people. Often, our most vulnerable people in Ontario and Canada find themselves outside the mainstream primary care services most Canadians enjoy.

Health Equity is so important. You know a Family Health Team (FHT) in Ontario can be fully operational within two years of the Ministry of Health announcement. That is, physicians walk into a new building and begin operations. Not so for CHCs! Twenty two CHCs in Ontario, announced in 2005 are working from interim sites because the capital planning at Ministry of Health in Ontario for CHCs moves at a snails pace or not at all.

The most vulnerable populations in Ontario continue suffer. Health equity means health equity for everyone including the many people subject to stigma because of their disease, sexual orientation, culture, language, first nations, and poverty. These are but a few and anyone reading my message can easily add more.

Please continue to speak on Health Equity and the Community Health Centre movement as one of the leading forces in Canada and the world for achieving the second stage of medicare-the vision of Tommy Douglas-keeping people well. Thank you

John Zarebski
Chatham, Ontario