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October 22nd, 2015
October 22nd, 2015

Canadians voted for change and the AJC welcomes the new government and the new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ottawa, October 22, 2015 - On Election Night 2015, Canadians voted overwhelmingly for change and elected a new government and a new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.  

The AJC is encouraged by the commitments that the Liberal Party of Canada has made during the elections. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau did provide a clear vision for the role of the public service of Canada and the government's relationship with federal bargaining agents.

"We are looking forward to engaging in a renewed collective bargaining process with the government and are encouraged by the direction to which the Liberal Party of Canada seems committed" said Len MacKay, President of the Association of Justice Counsel.

The AJC is also encouraged by the specific commitments that have been made to improve the relationship between the federal government and its public service including:
  • Restoring collective bargaining in good faith with public service unions, pass fair and balanced labour laws and revisit the anti-union legislation in C-4, C-10, C-59;
  • Repealing Bill C-525 (union certification) and Bill C-377 ("transparency" of labour organizations);
  • Implementing the Mental Health Commission of Canada's National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace in the federal public service;
  • Restoring trust in the ability of public servants to provide effective, independent, and professional services for Canadians; and
  • Generally strengthening the government relationship with the federal public service.
The Association of Justice Counsel is the exclusive bargaining agent for approximately 2,600 lawyers employed by the government of Canada, who work for the Department of Justice, the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and provide in-house legal services to various federal agencies, tribunals and courts across the country.

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