Government bullies unions

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Editor: Comments have been made before about the hypocrisy demonstrated by many members of the legislative assembly in their superficial support for anti-bullying measures in our society. After all, we have seen many instances in the provincial legislature where a form of bullying behaviour has been on clear display.

In addition, all current MLAs represent political parties that have benefited from — and continue to employ — a patronage system that is the political equivalent of bullying.

Now we have a government introducing legislation that attempts to protect it from the legal effects of its efforts to unilaterally reduce pension benefits and break contracts. In other words, we have a government that is saying: “We’re going to do whatever we want and there’s nothing you can do to stop us! And we don’t care if we have the moral or legal right to do this; we’re going to use our control of the legislative assembly to protect ourselves from any legal challenges to our actions!”

Is this not the very definition of a bully?

It should be noted, too, that if the Ghiz government really felt that its actions to reduce pension benefits were legal, it would not have to pass legislation protecting itself from legal challenges.

That being the case, shouldn’t all Islanders who support the principles of democracy and the rule of law — including Liberal Party members and supporters — be demanding that the Ghiz government resist the temptation to hide behind its intended legislative strong-arm measure and, instead, let the chips fall where they may? If the government is confident that its actions are legal, why not let the courts decide that?

Ron Kelly,


Organizations: Liberal Party

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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