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Human Resources committee  Thank you very much, Chair. Good afternoon, committee members. Thank you for the invitation to appear before you today. On behalf of the three million members of the Canadian Labour Congress, I want to thank the committee for the opportunity to present our views on Bill C-62. T

April 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  Yes very quickly. I think there's an enormous amount of research into the nature and the sources of the problem of demoralization and mental health challenges in the federal public service. I simply steer you to Professor Linda Duxbury, who has done a wealth of research in this

April 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Human Resources committee  I think they have in mind the amendment referred to by my colleagues from the Public Service Alliance of Canada with respect to a passage that's found in both Bill C-62 and the impugned unconstitutional legislation in Saskatchewan, which was addressed specifically by the Saskatch

April 25th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Mr. Chair and committee members, good morning and thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today. I am here on behalf of the Canadian Labour Congress, Canada's largest labour central. The CLC is the voice on national and international issues for three million working p

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  In the pre-writ period, which didn't exist in 20...?

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  As I tried to convey, the CLC drastically underspends legislated limits for the election period typically. We're engaged in issue-based discussion and conversation with members and with Canadians. I will just tell you that we didn't come close to the number.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I can't, but I can provide it to the committee.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Certainly the provincial and territorial federations of labour, which are part of the CLC, would fall under the single umbrella of the CLC, so that would be included in any umbrella number.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  As far as affiliate unions, unions affiliated with the CLC, go, you'd want to ask them—

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The CLC typically runs a campaign called “Better Choices” in which we focus on specific issues. In 2015, the issues were retirement security, child care, and things like that, issues fundamental to our members and, we believe, to working people. We try to generate a conversation

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Under Bill C-23, the Fair Elections Act, advertising with respect to issues that are associated with a party is regulated under those provisions. So, yes, in law, they do fall under that definition, but we certainly don't aim at them in partisan terms. We discuss the substantive

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I work for the Canadian Labour Congress, not for the Ontario Federation of Labour.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  All I can tell you is that the CLC has an approach to general elections where we focus on the issues. That's what we want to talk about. Absolutely, we leave it for members to decide which party of the day best represents their interests on those issues.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The only funding to support the work of the Canadian Labour Congress comes from affiliated unions, which in turn derive from members' dues, absolutely. I would just remind you that's protected by the Supreme Court decision in Lavigne and in law in Canada, which understands the ad

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts