Canadian Bar Association

Canadian Bar Association

March 01, 2005 16:42 ET

Canadian Bar Association Calls on Government to Withdraw Bill 21


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FOR: CANADIAN BAR ASSOCIATION

MARCH 1, 2005 - 16:42 ET

Canadian Bar Association Calls on Government to
Withdraw Bill 21

VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - March 1, 2005) - The Canadian
Bar Association B.C. Branch calls on the Government of B.C. to withdraw
Bill 21, the Crown Counsel Agreement Continuation Act, which overturns
two consecutive arbitration awards that direct government to increase
compensation to Crown Counsel.

"The government has a $1.4 billion surplus but is telling Crown Counsel
that it will use all means possible to avoid honouring the Taylor and
Jones arbitration awards that provide for fair compensation of B.C.'s
prosecutors," said Michael Woodward, CBABC President.

"These men and women are essential to the effective operation of our
justice system. They deserve fair compensation and an honourable
negotiation process to resolve disputes with their employer, the
Government of B.C."

"The actions of the government have created a dysfunctional labour
relations environment that does nothing to improve the justice system
for the people of B.C. We call on the government to immediately withdraw
Bill 21, and to implement the Taylor and Jones arbitration awards."

The Canadian Bar Association is the professional organization
responsible for representing the interests of more than 33,000 members
in Canada, including 4,600 lawyers in British Columbia.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    CBABC
    Caroline Nevin
    Associate Executive Director
    (604) 808-6148
    cnevin@bccba.org