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Public services

Public services are the tools we have collectively given ourselves to achieve our common ideal – an equitable, safe and prosperous society respectful of the environment where no one is left out.  Canadians rely on the public services we provide everyday, especially during difficult economic times.

The government's disengagement and its move to become more reliant on the private sector threaten the future of our public services. This directly undermines the quality of life of our citizens and shifts us away from our common ideal. 

The Harper government is moving forward with $4 billion in cuts to public services.  Our jobs and the services that we provide are at risk. We need to fight back, uphold our rights and defend public services.

October 11, 2012 - 11:38am •
DARTMOUTH, NS, OCT 10, 2012 – Members of Parliament Robert Chisholm and Megan Leslie  have backed a coalition fighting the closure of Parks Canada’s Regional Archeological Facility in Dartmouth.  The MPs will tour the federal lab Friday morning and be available to media for comment directly afterwards alongside representatives from labour and Maritime Aboriginal Peoples and Acadian communities.
October 6, 2012 - 2:04pm •
INGONISH, NS– Union leaders and a local Member of Parliament joined members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) from Cape Breton and beyond and the community of Ingonish today at an event aimed at stopping the privatization of Highlands Links.  Almost 200 people gathered at the Ingonish Fire Hall to send a message to Ottawa.
October 4, 2012 - 3:39pm •
We are All Affected - New Brunswick activities   PSAC Members in New Brunswick participated in the September 15th National Day of Action in different ways.  Some organized an information plant gate at their work site, while others organized some family activities on that day to convey their message.   Dorchester (USGE) (link for photos) Shediac (GSU)  - information plant gate (link for photos)
September 24, 2012 - 3:44pm •
Approximatley 50 PSAC members and friends gathered in front of Gail Shea’s Consistuency office to send a strong messae of how Islanders are all affected.  PSAC Provincial Directors Dawn Hardy and Jody laPierre opened the event with updates of job losses and services that will no longer be provided on PEI.  Lori MacKay, CUPE Preisent and Vice-President of of PEI Federation of Labour, spoke on Employment Insurance and the effects of the recent changes.  She also spoke on the upcoming campaign on EI and asked for our support.
September 19, 2012 - 11:01am •
A large crowd gathered at Victoria Park for food (BBQ, corn, ice-cream) music, and to hear guest speakers; Barb Byers, CLC Vice-president and Carl Percy, President of the PEI Federation of Labour.  PSAC members Dawn Hardy and Heather Ford had a table with a quilt encouraging members and friends to sign and write messages to Stephen Harper, telling him how they are affected by Government cuts to services.  Debi Buell, Vice-president of the PEI Federation of Labour also worked  with the Federation of Labour to ensure the picnic was a success. 
September 13, 2012 - 2:34pm •
HALIFAX, NS - The Union of National Defence Employees (UNDE), Component of the Public Service Alliance which represents approximately 20,000 public and private sector workers at Department of National Defence establishments across Canada, is hosting a press conference in Halifax on Friday, September 14th, at 2:30 p.m. 
August 20, 2012 - 10:42am •
“I am affected by these cuts because the people we deal with as photographers are affected. We do business with a lot of government agencies. Their availability decreases as public servants seem to be taking on larger work loads and are under more and more pressure. We offer passport photo services and these applications go through an ever shrinking Passport Canada, making it harder for my customers to get the services they need.”Robert Young – Owner/Operator of Celebrity Photo Studio, St. John’s, NL
August 17, 2012 - 3:16pm •
“The cuts to the Federal Public Services will affect us in a number of ways, not only in terms of the economic impact that comes with the loss of those jobs from our economies. In St. John’s a resounding impact in this case comes with the loss of executive decision making positions within our region. We’re losing individuals that have key positions in government who represent the needs of our region and this impacts on the whole province, not only St. John’s. These local people have a lot of experience and understanding of Newfoundland & Labrador.
August 15, 2012 - 11:23am •
“Here in Gander the biggest cuts we’re seeing are to Service Canada. We’re losing 30 jobs here. These people end up having to uproot their families and head to more urban areas like St. John’s or other parts of Canada. We need to consider not only the toll this will take on these families, but the economic impact for our community. This is a loss of about 1.5 million dollars a year to Gander’s local economy, and that’s just in salaries alone.
August 15, 2012 - 9:03am •
PSAC Atlantic is raising its voice against the closing of a custom built facility in Dartmouth that houses centuries-old, historical, Acadian artifacts.

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