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On political activities, the Public Service Commission deserves to be challenged

By Andrew Caddell      

It put me through the ringer when I ran as a federal candidate in 2011. The Public Service Employment Act ought to be updated to be fairer.

NDP MP Guy Caron, left, speaks with Emilie Taman at an NDP leadership-race event in Hamilton, Ont. in September 2017. Ms. Taman was fired from her job as a federal prosecutor when she ran for the NDP in the 2015 election. She challenged the Public Service Commission’s decision and although she lost her fight initially, won on appeal.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

OTTAWA—Political parties have already begun recruiting candidates and campaign workers for the next federal election in 2019. Many candidates could be drawn from the federal public service, as there you find people who understand government and know how to get policies adopted. There are also public servants who want to volunteer in the democratic process. There is one catch for both aspiring candidates and campaign workers who are public servants: they have to pass the Kafkaesque rules in

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