Public sector union launches all-out attack against the Harper government

Andy Radia
Canada Politics

The battle between Canada's unions and the Harper government continues.

As explained by, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) — Canada's largest public sector union — is rolling out a series of videos, each highlighting services that will be nixed as a result of government budget and job cuts.

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The first of four videos, launched on Thursday, chides the Tories for $56 million in cuts to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.

The Harper government hasn't been a very good friend to Canada's unions.

Since coming into power, in 2006, the Tories have tabled six back-to-work bills and are in the midst of cutting 29,600 public sector union jobs between now and 2015.

Recently, the House of Commons passed Bill C-377 — a private members bill introduced by MP Russ Hierbert which would require all Canadian labour unions to publicly disclose their financial statements or risk losing their tax exempt status.

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PSAC isn't taking it lying down.

Last May, PSAC added a 26 cent a month 'tax' to members' union dues to boost the union's war chest for political action campaigns.

In May, the union marched down Parliament Hill with "Stephen Harper hates me" t-shirts and buttons.

In September, they commissioned an airplane to fly over Parliament Hill with a banner that read "Stephen Harper nous dé" (translated as "Stephen Harper hates").

And now they're producing videos.

I can hardly wait to see what they do next.

(Photo courtesy of Reuters)

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