The Speech from the Throne has outlined some major Liberal commitments that will require major investments in the public service.
“While the Speech did not include any specific commitment to restoring federal public services, we will be looking to the government’s first budget to include the necessary resources to allow the public service to implement these commitments,” said PSAC national president Robyn Benson.
The Speech did outline some very positive commitments to:
- strengthen Employment Insurance,
- work with the provinces and territories to enhance the Canada Pension Plan,
- reach a new Health Accord with the provinces and territories,
- implement the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission; and
- pursue an enquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls.
“We are hopeful that the government’s plan to invest in social infrastructure will include putting in place a national child care program”, said Benson.
The Speech did not include any reference to its election promise to rebuild labour relations at the federal level.
As this new Parliament begins its work, PSAC will be holding the Liberal government accountable to act quickly on its commitments to uphold labour rights, including repealing Bills C-377 and C-525, as well as the offending provisions of Bills C-10, C-4 and C-59.