Canada Employment and Immigration Union -
July 25, 2011

Meunier-McKay raises official languages issues with NDP critic Yvon Godin

National President Jeannette Meunier-McKay has met with the New Democratic Party’s official languages critic to raise a growing number of member concerns regarding departmental actions respecting Canada’s linguistic duality.

The one-on-one meeting took place July 25 in the Parliament Hill offices of Yvon Godin, the NDP Member of Parliament from the northern New Brunswick riding of Acadie-Bathurst.

Since last May’s election of a majority Conservative government, the CEIU National Office has moved to establish and strengthen relationships with leading NDP Members of Parliament whose critiquing responsibilities cover matters of direct concern to CEIU members. The Godin meeting was the first of a series of such encounters planned by Meunier-McKay.

The photo accompanying this article shows Godin and Meunier-McKay discussing one of a number of issues raised by the CEIU National President. These included member access to internal departmental activities in the official language of their choice, barriers to career advancement and the filing of complaints with the Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages.

Meunier-McKay also took the opportunity to speak to the Harper government’s ongoing and planned cuts both to quality public services and to the jobs of our members who provide them. She noted the particularly hard impact the loss of decent-paying federal government jobs has on smaller communities across the country.


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