Some Senate changes OK’d on RCMP unionizing
The Trudeau government has accepted some — but not all — Senate amendments to a bill that would allow the Mounties to form a union. Most significantly, it has agreed to remove all restrictions on what may be included in collective agreements and arbitration awards. That means issues such as harassment, transfers, appointments and appraisals of RCMP members will no longer be excluded from collective bargaining. Exclusion of those issues in the original Bill C-7 had sparked considerable controversy. However, the Liberal government has rejected a Senate amendment which would have required any future vote on certification of an RCMP union to be done by secret ballot — a measure favoured by the Conservatives.