All signs from the Newfoundland and Labrador government point to the 2016 provincial budget being an austerity budget. In preparation, the Social Justice Co-op is organizing a post-budget public demonstration for Saturday, April 16th. All citizens are invited to attend and those outside the metro St. John’s area are encouraged to organize local events or actions.
Are public servants allowed to be politically active? What constitutes political activity? How are different kinds of public servants restricted or allowed to be politically active?
The Supreme Court of Canada upheld public servants' right to engage in political activities. The ruling states that banning public servants from engaging in political activities is an infringement on the Charter right to freedom of expression.
Public servants, nonetheless, often have specific codes of conduct with their employers or as part of their contracts.