Blaine Calkins
Member of Parliament for Red Deer - Lacombe

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MP Calkins Celebrates Senate Decision to Support Worker's Voting Rights Tuesday, 11 April 2017 MP Calkins Celebrates Senate Decision to Support Worker's Voting Rights

The Senate of Canada has voted on amendments to Bill C-4 and in doing so have protected worker’s voting rights by ensuring that secret ballot voting in the workplace exists for the certification or decertification of a union. 

 “I first want to thank Senator Tannas for his leadership in the Senate,” said Calkins, “Bill C-525 protected workers’ rights and I could not be more pleased that the Senate of Canada continues to value the tenets of democracy and have protected mandatory secret ballot voting for our workers.”

Bill C-525 was a Private Members Bill introduced by MP Calkins under the Harper Conservative Government and brought secret ballot voting into the workplace rather than the old system of card checks which could be used as a method of intimidation by unions. 

Bill C-4 was one of the very first pieces of legislation introduced by the Trudeau Liberals just three months after they formed government and proposed to reverse Bill C-525.  In a 43-34 decision, the Senate voted to amend Bill C-4 and kept the provision of mandatory secret ballot voting in place.  

Said Calkins, “The amendments proposed in Bill C-4 were merely an attempt by the Liberal Government to placate union bosses and I am glad that the Senate recognized the need to protect workers voting rights and voted accordingly.  This is a tremendous victory.”

 
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