PSAC flew this banner, reading "Stephen Harper hates us," over Ottawa this weekend.
OTTAWA - One of the NDP's loudest federal union flag-bearers chose to support a separatist party in the Quebec election.
Through its endorsement of the Parti Quebecois, the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) indicated it was more interested in backing a party that would treat its workers better than make national unity its top priority.
Union executives made the declaration, and members were not consulted.
The support by a regional wing of the of the union with more than 20,000 members across the river from Ottawa came a couple of days after the RCMP grounded a PSAC-sponsored flight within eyeshot of 24 Sussex Dr. and Parliament Hill to express its disdain for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The plane was towing a banner that said Harper hated them - a stunt that magnified the militant union's hostility to the Conservatives and budget cuts.
The Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada - the second largest government union - said it does not endorse political parties.
PSAC has supported separatist parties in the past and has been known to embrace sympathizers in its ranks. Its former president - former NDP interim leader Nycole Turmel - was once an unapologetic member of the Bloc Quebecois.
Others in the 58-member Quebec NDP caucus have also been linked to groups that support the breakup of Canada.
A spokesman for Treasury Board President Tony Clement wouldn't comment on the endorsement, saying he didn't want to interfere in the electoral process.
Queen's University professor Pradeep Kumar cautioned against reading too much into PSAC's choice of political benchmate.
"This is not new," Kumar said of the historical links between unions and separatist parties. "They all have been supporters of the PQ, not because the PQ's stand on separatism, but because they have not been favourably inclined with Mr. (Jean) Charest's government."
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