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Bitter anniversary for Quebec government lawyers

It was one year ago today that the Quebec government passed a law that forced the province’s 1,100 civil lawyers and notaries back to work after a four-month general strike, the longest in Canadian public service history. But the head of the lawyers’ union says time hasn’t taken the sting out of the collective slap his members received when the law was passed following a marathon 24-hour debate in the National Assembly on Feb. 28, 2017.

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Publication date : 2018-02-28
‘Bully’ bosses issue ‘swept under the carpet’ until junior government lawyer sent email

A junior lawyer’s decision to speak out — with an email copied to dozens of government lawyers — about an allegedly “abusive” boss at Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General caused Queen’s Park to finally take notice of historic problems that were later called a “festering” sore in a government report.

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Publication date : 2018-02-22
Ontario government lawyers being terrorized by ‘bully’ bosses, secret report reveals

Ontario’s Liberal government has kept secret an explosive report that paints some of its most senior bureaucrats — male and female — as bullies who have harassed and discriminated against hundreds of provincial lawyers and administrative assistants for years.  The workplace for 600 government lawyers and several hundred administrative staff at the Ministry of the Attorney General is described as a “toxic” cesspool where fear and retribution rule the day...

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Publication date : 2018-02-21
Lawyers promise to drag Couillard and Moreau to court

Despite their four-month strike in the middle of the winter, lawyers and public notaries (LANEQ) will have to settle for the lowest wage increase in the entire public service. Unable to agree with Quebec, they promise to drag Philippe Couillard and Pierre Moreau before the courts.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
Lawyers and Notaries of the Québec State: Predictable Failure of Mandatory Mediation

Quebec lawyers and notaries (LANEQ) react to the disclosure of the report resulting from mandatory mediation with the government under the law. The report concludes that mediation has failed. According to LANEQ, this desolate result was predictable, since the law passed by the government to force the return to work of its members did not allow a real negotiation.

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Publication date : 2017-07-13
A case of no respect?

Striking government lawyers in Quebec were forced back to work. Where does that leave them now? ....LANEQ is still hoping for positive outcomes to a legal challenge it launched against the government’s back-to-work law, as well as an action filed with Quebec’s labour relations board, accusing the government of bargaining in bad faith. One positive thing to come out of the strike, says Desroches-Lapointe, is the strong sense of solidarity that was forged among lawyers. 

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Publication date : 2017-07-10

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Canadian Pension Expert Says Alward’s Shared Risk Plan is “Irrespons​ible”


Fredericton, November 20, 2013: A nationally recognized pension expert today defined the Alward government’s recently tabled Shared Risk Plan as “irresponsible.” Bernard Dussault, one of the original architect’s of the Canada Pension Plan Reform and currently actuary for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), was in Fredericton to speak at a joint media conference at the Delta Hotel attended by representatives of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC), and the Pension Coalition NB.


The news conference was an unprecedented show of solidarity against the government’s shared risk pension legislation. All three organizations described the pension reform process as flawed, non-transparent, non-consultative and clearly policy development on the fly.


Dussault described the proposed model as unfair and far too complex, without the standard actuarial projections that were requested to demonstrate the cost of the proposed plan as well as the short, medium and long-term financial effects of the proposal on the pension plan. “Such valuations are standard when any significant pension plan changes are being considered. However, we were told that they are ‘irrelevant”, a response I found, based on my experience and professional standards, irresponsible.”


Dussault added that before considering any benefit changes beyond the entitlement age, the most important change required by the pension plan is that it be based on a fair risk sharing.


Bonny Hoyt-Hallett, Chair of the Pension Coalition NB, indicated that the Minister had not responded to the Coalition’s request for specific clarifications prior to tabling the legislation. Hoyt-Hallet said that the Minister’s obscure and vague wording in media interviews as well as in his letter to pensioners, precipitated questions outlined in their recent letter.


Hoyt-Hallett said that after almost a year of studying the issue, many Coalition members have come to one conclusion: “The most important question is whether the proposed reform is truly about ensuring a sustainable pension plan for the future or about releasing the Province from its fiscal commitments to its employees in order for the Government’s books to look better for the upcoming election.”