Supreme Court to decide if Mounties can unionize

(QMI Agency file)

(QMI Agency file)

Daniel Proussalidis, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:21 PM ET

OTTAWA -- The fate of the Mounties' decades-long effort to unionize is in the hands of the Supreme Court following a day of hearings on the issue.

The Mounted Police Professional Association of Canada (MPPAC) appeared before the highest court in the land Tuesday to press its case.

"We want the same freedoms that are enjoyed by every one of our colleagues who serve in Canada," MPPAC president Rae Banwarie told reporters. "We're asking the court to tell the government to do the honourable thing and respect our charter rights."

The case came before the Supreme Court after MPPAC appealed an Ontario court decision, which found no constitutional problem with federal laws that prevent Mounties from conducting collective bargaining.

MPPAC says the laws violate Mounties' freedom of association.


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