Government ends Harper Conservatives’ Red Tape Reduction Commission

The Liberal government has finally put an end to the Harper Conservatives Red Tape Reduction commission. This commission was mandated to arbitrarily gut regulations, without regard to the health and safety of Canadians.

“Since the launch of this partisan commission, PSAC had repeatedly warned that regulations need to be enforced and should override concerns about bureaucracy and red tape,” said Robyn Benson, PSAC National President.

“It is a step in the right direction that the current government recognizes there cannot be a compromise when it comes to the health and safety of Canadians. Now the Liberal government must repeal Bill C-21.”

“The more than 15,000 Public Sector workers who do this important regulatory work play a vital role in saving lives and ensuring our skies, seas and railways, food, drugs and the environment are safe for all Canadians,” concluded Benson.

 Bill C-21

The commission was set up to administer Bill C-21, the Red Tape Reduction Act. The Act sought to reduce regulatory compliance on businesses by requiring the government to remove one regulation for every new one added.

Canadians want more oversight

Canadians are clearly asking for more oversights, not the cutting of these important services. An Environics poll conducted in 2011 showed that 9 out of 10 Canadians want their government to do more to protect the environment, health and safety.

The study also demonstrates an overwhelming majority of Canadians want government workers, not the industries themselves, to enforce regulations.




July 15, 2016