HALIFAX, July 14, 2015 /CNW/ – The Public Service Alliance of Canada is today launching a nationwide campaign to remind Canadians about the impact of cuts to public services before they vote in the federal election.
At the 2015 PSAC national convention, delegates directed the union to campaign and raise public awareness about the impact of cuts to public services by the Harper Conservatives.
The Vote to Stop the Cuts campaign will include billboards, posters, radio ads and targeted Web and social media content. It focuses on cuts to key services that have affected Canadians since the Harper Conservatives came into power: support for veterans, border security, search and rescue, Employment Insurance, environmental protection and food safety.
“These and many other essential public services are threatened by reckless Harper Conservative government cuts, without regard for the safety and welfare of millions of Canadians,” said Jeannie Baldwin, Atlantic Regional Executive Vice-President. “We believe it’s in the public interest to raise awareness about the impact of drastic cuts to public services and encourage people to consider this before they cast their votes.”
The Harper Conservatives have cut more than $14.5 billion from public services since 2010.
“Veterans used to have a personal relationship with the client service agents and case managers. Now they say they just feel like a number,” said Carl Gannon, National President of the Union of Veterans Affairs Employees. “The way the Conservative government has been treating veterans is only one example of what we are seeing all across this country in many different sectors.”
PSAC’s Vote to Stop the Cuts campaign encourages Canadians to vote in the next federal election for candidates who oppose further cuts and seek to restore vital public services.
For more information on the campaign, visit votetostopthecuts.ca
SOURCE Public Service Alliance of Canada
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For further information: For more information or to book interviews on the campaign or with the spokespersons who can speak to the six issues (veterans, border security, search and rescue, Employment Insurance, environmental protection, food safety): Sebastien Bezeau (902) 266-8589 BezeauS@psac-afpc.com