Labour rights are Human rights

November-Federal-Provincial Conference

November 26, 1963
It was this day that Quebec Premier Jean Lesage in his opening statement at the Federal-Provincial Conference in Ottawa made this famous quote "The Queen does not negotiate with her subjects", referring to his opposition to granting collective bargaining rights to public employees. It didn't take long for him to change his mind. A little more than a year later in an attempt to make peace with an increasing militant Quebec labour movement, his government introduced legislation which provided collective bargaining rights to all public sector workers in the province. Prior to that the only province to grant collective bargaining rights public employees was Saskatchewan 1944.

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