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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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The CACC presents the Dennis Theman Award

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOURS FOR CROWN COUNSEL AND CROWN PROSECUTORS The CACC presents the Dennis Theman Award Québec City, July 3, 2013 – At the most recent meeting of its members, held in Saskatoon, the Canadian Association of Crown Counsel (CACC) presented its prestigious Dennis Theman Award jointly to the Association des jurists de l’État (AJE), which represents most lawyers and notaries in Québec’ss public and para-public sectors, and the Association des procureurs aux poursuites criminelles et pénales (APPCP), which represents the province’s Crown prosecutors. The two Québec associations, which recently signed new agreements introducing significant improvements to their members’ working conditions at the end of a long, harsh and highly mediatized labour dispute, were honoured for their perseverance, determination, unshakeable strength and unity. The CACC, which represents the interests of most of Canada’s Crown prosecutors and Crown counsel, introduced the Dennis Theman Award to recognize, honour and celebrate the work of devoted Crown prosecutors and Crown counsel who have shown outstanding dedication to their roles and who have given exceptional support to and promoted and defended the interests of their fellow prosecutors and counsel. At the Award ceremony, the CACC President, Rick Woodburn, observed that the AJE and the APPCP now serve as models for the members of Canada’s other associations of Crown prosecutors and counsel. “These two organizations exemplify the values that the Canadian Association is built upon, while maintaining their individuality. They are unique examples of how unity can work to achieve the impossible dream.” As for the presidents of the recipient associations, Christian Leblanc (APPCP) and Sébastien Rochette (AJE), they thanked the CACC for its unflagging support, and expressed gratitude to the members of their respective associations for their efforts and determination during their historic battle for recognition of their profession’s value in the public and para-public sectors. Who are the CACC, the AJE and the APPCP? The CACC, presided by Rick Woodburn, brings together the associations of Crown counsel and/or Crown prosecutors from the ten Canadian provinces and from the federal government (http://www.caccacje. ca/fr/index.php/). The APPCP, presided by Christian Leblanc, represents criminal prosecutors (Crown prosecutors) in Québec (roughly 550 members) ( The AJE, presided by Sébastien Rochette, is accredited to represent the lawyers and notaries employed by Québec Government departments and numerous public agencies. It has six negotiation units: the Civil Service, the Agence du Revenu, the Autorité des marchés financiers, Investissement Québec, the Québec Ombudsman and the Régie de l’énergie (roughly 1,150 members) ( Source: Mrs Angèle Pelletier 418-651-4888