Blaikie Demands Fairness for RCMP Members

Bill C-7 Must Be Addressed

March 09, 2017


OTTAWA – Today at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Government Operations and Estimates, Treasury Board President Scott Brison continued to dodge questions about collective bargaining and long overdue pay increases for RCMP Members.

NDP M.P. Daniel Blaikie (Elmwood–Transcona), is sponsoring an e-petition asking Canadians to support fair treatment of RCMP members by the government. “The government has put RCMP members between a rock and a hard place. They’re ignoring the RCMP Commissioner’s recommendation for a pay increase and dragging their heels on legislation that would enable RCMP members to engage in collective bargaining,” said Blaikie. Within its first week, the epetition has garnered over 2,600 signatures.

In January 2015, the RCMP Pay Council issued a report entitled "Fair Compensation for the RCMP" that recommended a wage increase for RCMP members. The RCMP Commissioner subsequently recommended a pay raise to the President of the Treasury Board, but the government refuses to give a straight answer on whether or not it will proceed with the raise.

Bill C-7 was the government’s response to a ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada stating that an ongoing prohibition from engaging in collective bargaining was a violation of RCMP members’ Charter Rights. On June 21, 2016, the Senate sent Bill C-7 back to the House of Commons with suggested amendments.

Now, almost 10 months later and a year since the bill was tabled, the President of the Treasury Board has yet to move a motion in the House on Bill C-7 to address the Senate amendments. In the meantime, prospective bargaining units are forced to organize without certainty about the legal framework under which they will be expected to operate.

Adding to the confusion is the government’s failure to shepherd Bill C-4 through the Senate; a bill that, once passed, would reinstate the card check system for bargaining agent certification.

“This government says it’s labour-friendly and that it respects RCMP members, but you wouldn’t know it from the way they behave,” said Blaikie. “Keeping silent for over a year on a pay raise recommended by the Commissioner does not show respect to RCMP members. Frustrating attempts to organize a union with needless delays on necessary legislation is not what it means to be labour-friendly.”

For more information, please contact:

Bill Kavanagh, Assistant to Daniel Blaikie, M.P.