Mp Brosseau Speaks To The People Of Berthier–maskinongé On The Occasion Of The Fête Nationale Du Québec

BERTHIER-MASKINONGÉ, QC- On the occasion of the Fête nationale du Québec, Ms. Brosseau wishes the people of Berthier-Maskinongé a happy celebration surrounded by family and friends.

Ms. Brosseau would have liked to join the residents of her riding, as she had planned, to take part in Fête nationale events.

However, because of the special bill tabled by the Conservative government regarding the Canada Post labour dispute, Ms. Brosseau is required to be in the House of Commons, so she must regretfully postpone her return to Berthier-Maskinongé by a few days. It should be noted that Jack Layton, the Leader of the NDP and the Official Opposition, asked that the proceedings of the House be suspended for the Fête nationale, but Prime Minister Harper refused to say that he would do so.

The NDP believes that the attitude of the Harper government, which is taking sides in the dispute by using this special bill to force Canada Post workers to accept working conditions that are less generous than those previously on the table, is violating the fundamental right of workers to negotiate their working conditions in good faith.

As the Official Opposition in the House of Commons, the NDP is working to persuade the Prime Minister to withdraw the special bill. While the Conservatives say that they are acting in “the best interests of the Canadian economy,” New Democrats stand united in the best interests of Canadians.

Ms. Brosseau hopes to be able to return to her riding as soon as possible to provide the people of Berthier-Maskinongé with the services to which they are entitled, to begin touring municipalities and to officially open her office in Louiseville as quickly as possible.

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