The Conseil régional d'action politique de l'Outaouais (C.R.A.P.O), political action committee of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in the National Capital Region (NCR), today issued the results of an assessment of key Quebec election candidates in the Outaouais region. While the PSAC does not endorse particular candidates during elections, it does provide its membership a report card of candidates on the basis of their positions on workers' and citizens' rights, public services and unions.
On these issues, the parties ranked as follows:
1) Parti Québecois (PQ)
2) Québec Solidaire (QS)
3) Parti Libéral Québecois (PLQ)
4) Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ)
Both the PQ and the QS are supportive of workers' rights, public services and unions. In contrast, the PLQ's position, highlighted by its handling of the student tuition issue, including the passage of Bill-78, shows that its intentions are not compatible with the public sector interests of citizens, workers and unions. Meanwhile, the CAQ is placed last due to its plans for substantial public service layoffs.
"The PSAC believes that federal and provincial governments should be supportive of workers' rights and committed to maintaining and enhancing quality public services that hard-working Canadians deserve," said Larry Rousseau, Regional Executive Vice-President of PSAC-NCR. "We call on our members in the Outaouais to vote on election day and make their voices heard."