National Finance – June 3, 2015 – Part 1

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

National Finance – June 3, 2015 – Part 1

Unions representing Canada’s public servants are among the witnesses as the committee continues its pre-study on the budget implementation bill (C-59).
Jeffrey Astle and Steven B. Garland, past presidents of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, discuss what they describe as significant improvements to Canada’s intellectual property framework.
Nadine Henningsen (executive director of the Canadian Home Care Association) comments on the extension of compassionate care leave and benefits.
Chris Aylward (national executive vice-president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada), Liam McCarthy (PSAC’s negotiations coordinator) and Debi Daviau (president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada) express the unions’ strong objections to the proposal that will allow the federal government to unilaterally impose changes to public service sick leave and disability programs. (June 3, 2015) UPDATE: Bill C-59 received royal assent on June 23.