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

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
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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