Archive for March 2014

Quebec election call: April 7, 2014

Premier Pauline Marois has confirmed that Quebecers will go the polls in a general election next month. Marois made a declaration in Quebec City this morning and said her cabinet had passed a decree paving the way for an election. She did not mention the date for the vote but it will be held April 7. The first poll of the campaign shows Marois’ Parti Québécois with a strong lead among francophone voters.

Update on Bill C-525

Bill C-525 – An Act to Amend the Canada Labour Code, the Parliamentary Employment and Staff Relations Act (PESRA) and the Public Service Labour Relations Act (PSLRA) has been sent back to the House for Report Stage and Third Reading. The bill also known as the Employee Voting Rights Act is currently scheduled to be debated in the House at Third Reading on April 7, 2014. This date could change should the Conservatives move it up in the order of business.

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Mise à jour sur le projet de loi C-525

Le projet de loi C-525, Loi modifiant le Code canadien du travail, la Loi sur les relations de travail au Parlement (LRTP) et la Loi sur les relations de travail dans la fonction publique (LRTFP), a été renvoyé à la Chambre pour l’étape du rapport et la troisième lecture. Ce projet de loi également appelé Loi sur le droit de vote des employés est censé être débattu par la Chambre en troisième lecture le 7 avril 2014. Cette date pourrait être modifiée si les Conservateurs l’inscrivent plus tôt dans l’ordre des travaux.

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1st Ballot for NDP Leader
Thought on Labour

“The majority of any society comprised, Smith knew, not landlords or merchants, but "servants, laborers, and workmen of different kinds," who derived their income from wages. Their welfare was the prime concern of economic policy, as Smith conceived it. "No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable," he wrote. "It is but equity, besides, that they who feed, clothe and lodge the whole body of the people should have such a share of the produce of their own labour as to be themselves tolerably well fed, clothed, and lodged." The chief economic concern of the legislator, in Smith's view, ought to be the purchasing power of wages, since that was the measure of the material well-being of the bulk of the population. (p. 64)” ― Jerry Z. Muller, The Mind and the Market: Capitalism in Western Thought

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