Libby asks the Conservatives why they’re failing to take action on mental health in the workplace



Ms. Libby Davies (Vancouver East, NDP): Mr. Speaker, last week frank
conversations were held across the country as part of mental health week, but
here in Ottawa the Conservative government is failing to do its part.

It has even refused to adopt the Mental Health Commission’s national standard. Anxiety, stress and depression are on the rise in the public service, and Conservative mismanagement and attacks are making things worse, not better.

As one of the nation’s largest employers, why is the government failing to take concrete action on mental health in the workplace?

Mr. Tony Clement (President of the Treasury Board): Mr. Speaker, on the contrary, we have been working with public sector leaders to tackle this issue.

Currently 49% of all sick leave is attributable to mental health issues. The main issue, though, is that we have a sick leave system that is 50 years out of date and does not allow us to have the tools necessary to tackle

these issues in a modern, effective manner. That is the type of thing I want to see changed, and that is why I put in the shop window for our negotiations with the unions the sick leave system