On Jan. 16, 2015, in a six-one ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada extended the freedom of association provision in the Charter of Rights to permit members of the RCMP to form a professional association. This association will engage into collective bargaining efforts, and address long-standing issues, mostly related to service conditions, grievances, and consultations on workplace issues. This leaves the Canadian Armed Forces as the only workplace in Canada where the constitutional right of freedom of association is not authorized.
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