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Fwd: UPDATE: Bill C-377


From: IAFF Canada Date: Friday, June 26, 2015 Subject: UPDATE: Bill C-377 To:


Please see message below from the CLC.

The IAFF Canadian Office

From: Hassan Yussuff [] Sent: June-26-15 4:14 PM To: Marks, Scott Subject: UPDATE: Bill C-377

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(French will follow)

To: Members of the CLC Canadian Council


Yesterday, the Alberta government declared its opposition to Bill C-377. That means seven provinces, representing 81% of the population, officially oppose this Bill.

Despite this overwhelming opposition, the Conservative government in the Senate, acting on direct orders from the prime minister’s office, moved a motion yesterday to re-write the rules of the Senate and force the Bill into law.

Today, the Speaker of the Senate ruled against the Conservative government’s motion. He declared that the government is not allowed to re-write the rules and rig the game just to get their way.

However, the Conservative government challenged the Speaker’s ruling, forced a vote, and used their majority to overrule the Speaker and his decision.

The Senate has adjourned for today. It will reconvene on Monday, June 29th at 2:00 pm and the debate and votes will resume on the outstanding motions and amendments related to Bill C-377.

Please urge our members to continue to pressure Conservative senators to vote against the Bill on Monday. Be sure, however, to highlight how hard Liberal Senator Cowan and his colleagues have worked to defeat this Bill. You may want to write to thank them.

To date, this story hasn’t resonated enough with the public, but I believe that Harper has handed us an opportunity to change this.

I urge you to use this opportunity to talk to Canadians and our members about how the prime minister has usurped democracy, rigging the rules to get his way. Please also use this as an opportunity to talk about how unions aren’t the only ones affected by this Bill. This red tape Bill is going to hurt unions, businesses and taxpayers, which is why we haven’t been alone in opposing it.

It has been opposed by everyone from the NHL Players Association to Conservative and Liberal senators, constitutional experts, Canada’s privacy commissioner, the Canadian Bar Association, the insurance and mutual fund industry, seven provinces, and a long and diverse list of others in the business, financial, professional, legal, labour, and academic communities, private and public, federal and provincial.

In solidarity,

for Hassan Yussuff, President


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Chris McKee

All BCPFFA Local Affiliates;

Please see the following important messages.  Thank you!



See the email from Hassan below – the Conservatives Senators have served notice to ram 377 through tomorrow – they actually have to change the rules of debate in the Senate through this motion.  There is no doubt where the marching orders have come from.  This is another shameless and arrogant manoeuvre. 

Please forward to your locals and ask them to email Conservative Senate Leader Claude Carignan to voice their concerns with this abuse of power.




Scott Marks,

I.A.F.F. Assistant to the General President for Canadian Operations

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Office (613) 567-8988

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From: Hassan Yussuff [] 
Sent: June-25-15 4:24 PM
To: Marks, Scott
Subject: URGENT: Bill C-377




(French will follow tomorrow)


TO: Members of the CLC Canadian Council




Today, Conservatives in the Senate gave notice to introduce a motion to change the rules of the Senate in order to ram through Bill C-377 tomorrow (June 26th).


The Conservative motion will limit debate and force closure on C-377. Under the existing rules, this is not allowed for private members' bills. In other words, they are trying to change the rules to their advantage right in the middle of a democratic debate.


While we know that some Conservative Senators, such as Senator Diane Bellemare, oppose C-377, we must let most Conservative Senators know that they can't get away with using dirty tricks to subvert democracy and pass bad legislation.


Please ask your locals to e-mail and call Conservative Senate Leader Claude Carignan (; 613-992-0240 or 1-800-267-7362) and Conservative senators saying this is outrageous.


In addition, ask your communications departments to follow the CLC social media feeds.


How dare they change the rules mid-game to pass a bad bill?


In solidarity,


for Hassan Yussuff, President