TRUDEAU: USE OF NOTWITHSTANDING CLAUSE TO IMPOSE CONTRACTS ON EDUCATION WORKERS IS ''WRONG''

Nov 01, 2022

By Bob Komsic

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The prime minister is criticizing the Ford government’s use of the notwithstanding clause to impose contracts on Ontario education workers and ban them from striking Friday.
”Using the notwithstanding clause to suspend workers’ rights is wrong,” Justin Trudeau said.
”I know that collective bargaining negotiations are sometimes difficult but it has to happen.  It has to be done in a respectful, thoughtful way at the bargaining table.”
The justice minister is even looking at how Ottawa could challenge the province’s use of the clause.
Lisa Raitt’s advice?
”Butt out!”
The former federal Conservative labour minister and deputy party leader also told Zoomer Radio’s ”Fight Back” with guest host Jane Brown, this is a provincial matter.
”That notwithstanding clause; no matter how much you like it or don’t, it was actually a pre-condition to getting the Constitution repatriated and the Charter (of Rights and Freedoms) coming into place,” Raitt pointed out.
“It’s there for the purpose of being utilized.”
Raitt went on to say if the prime minister wants to change the Constitution, ”well, good luck with that buddy.”
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