CAPE President Claude Poirier Clarifies EC Conversion History to Vic Toews, President of the Treasury Board

March 27, 2009

Since early January, even before all of the details of the special compensation legislation became known, one of CAPE’s priorities and one of the president’s priorities has been to address the matter of the anticipated legislated prohibition on bargaining rates of pay for the EC conversion. This prohibition became law when Bill C-10, the Budget Implementation Act, 2009, was given royal assent on March 12. Among other actions taken by the Association, including an appearance before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on Finance, there has been an exchange of letters between the President of CAPE, Claude Poirier, and the President of Treasury Board, Vic Toews. The letters present succinctly both CAPE’s position and that of the Treasury Board. The exchange began with a letter from the President of CAPE dated January 15, the response from Vic Toews dated February 13, and the President of CAPE responded in a second letter dated March 23, 2009.

The chronology on EC conversion and Bill C-10 describes the events relevant to the prohibition.