Bill C 377

Let Canadians See Where Unions Are Throwing Their Money

Terrance Oakey | Posted 07.29.2014 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

Liberals should also be wary since unions will quickly throw their money at another party if you dare step out of line, as happened in the 2012 Ontario by-election in Kitchener-Waterloo when unions spent over $1.5 million in ads in support of the NDP campaign following a government showdown with teachers' unions. That is perhaps the most disturbing element of this big money politics: it is hard to see it as anything other than buying influence.

Who Really Represents Workers?

Terrance Oakey | Posted 02.19.2014 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

"Pick your battles" is a familiar refrain for anyone involved in politics, advocacy or any endeavour wherein opposing points of view will be competing for public attention. Most organizations will review issues and determine which are critical and which are not, and then fight for the most precious while conceding that others are perhaps not as important.

Sunny Freeman

Tories To Debate Radical Change To Labour Laws

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 10.31.2013 | Canada Business

A number of labour reform proposals on the agenda at this weekend’s Conservative party convention could be signs that the party is shifting further ...

Why We Must Say No to Anti-Union Bills

Ken Georgetti | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The legislative strategy behind Bill C-377 mirrors that behind Bill C-525, a Private Member's Bill introduced by Conservative MP Blaine Calkins, a backbencher from Alberta. This bill would make it easier to decertify unions in the federally-regulated sector and almost impossible for workers to certify a union to represent them in the workplace.

Ex-Tory MP Pleased Senators Made 'Mockery' Of Bill

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 06.28.2013 | Canada Politics

Former Conservative MP Brent Rathgeber admits he was pleased Tory senators made "a mockery" this week of a union disclosure bill backed by the Harper ...

Tory Senators Help Alter Bill Backed By Harper Government

CP | Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press | Posted 08.26.2013 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The already testy relationship between Conservative MPs and the Senate hit more rocks Wednesday, as a group of Tory senators helped to gut a ...

Will a Retired Supreme Court Justice Do?

Terrance Oakey | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

On May 31 Canadian Labour Congress president Ken Georgetti issued a press release suggesting supporters of union financial disclosure legislation currently before the Senate "cannot find a single constitutional expert who will agree that Bill C-377 is constitutional." We've received a legal opinion that says otherwise.

Sunny Freeman

Why Is No One Willing To Say This Tory Bill Is Legal?

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Business

Critics of a controversial bill requiring unions to disclose in-depth financial details are calling on its supporters to produce a constitutional expe...

Mr. Poilièvre, the End Does Not Justify the Means

Celine Hervieux-Payette | Posted 07.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Celine Hervieux-Payette

Dear Mr. Poilièvre: Everyone knows how little empathy the government, including yourself, has towards unions. In reality, Bill C-377 is your way of attacking a workers freedom of association. As a Senator, I refuse to take advice from someone who is against a firearms registry but is in favour of creating a registry of union data.

Sunny Freeman

Union Powers Under Siege In Unlikeliest Of Places

HuffingtonPost.com | Sunny Freeman | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Business

Canada's nascent public debate over union privileges and "right-to-work" laws has found an unlikely testing ground in Saskatchewan, which is about to ...

The Ugly Truth About Bill C-377

Phil Flemming | Posted 04.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Phil Flemming

Canadians should be made aware that Bill C-377 is a competition issue, not a national public policy issue. Canadian tax payers will be footing the bill for the design, start-up, maintenance, and monitoring costs that the CRA will incur for the increased union reporting.

What Union Leaders Aren't Telling You About Bill C-377

Terrance Oakey | Posted 04.07.2013 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

When the Senate returns this week, one of the major items on its agenda will be Private Member's Bill C-377, which would impose new financial reporting requirements on organized labour. With that in mind, here are five key aspects of the legislation to consider as the Senate debates the Bill and union leaders engage in a renewed propaganda campaign.

Harper's Gift to Unions: A Bill of Coal

Dave Coles | Posted 02.22.2013 | Canada
Dave Coles

Recently the Conservative majority in the House of Commons passed a bill that targets a leading force for equality and democracy in our society. Bill C-377, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations), is designed to challenge unions' involvement in political activities and divert their resources to busy work. While they claim C-377 is a way to improve union transparency, the Conservatives have shown a flagrant disregard for openness in government affairs.

Controversial 'Anti-Union' Bill Passes House

CP | Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.12.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - With his private-member's bill on union finances now before the Senate, Conservative MP Russ Hiebert says he's confident it can withstand a c...

Bill C-377: Canada's Unions Should Quit While They Are Ahead

Terrance Oakey | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

An important piece of legislation was passed by the House of Commons this week. Bill C-377, sponsored by British Columbia MP Russ Hiebert, will require unions and other labour organizations in Canada to file annual public reports detailing their financial statements, salaries paid to top employees, the amount of time spent on lobbying and political activities, and certain information about expenditures over $5,000. Regardless, union leaders will undoubtedly spend even more money to now try to defeat the bill in the Senate. All of which raises the question: why are union leaders so afraid of transparency?

Tory MP Slams Own Party's Anti-Union Bill

CP | Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Business

OTTAWA - A Conservative backbencher's bill set to pass the House of Commons on Wednesday will force unions to publicly disclose how they spend the due...

Bill C-377 a.k.a. The Expensive, Unfair to Unions Bill

Ken Georgetti | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada Politics
Ken Georgetti

The Conservative government has a disturbing habit of introducing significant changes to Canadian public policy by sleight of hand. Bill C-377 would force every labour organization in Canada to file detailed financial information. It is more about helping employers, the Conservative Party and special interest groups with close ties to them. If passed, Bill C-377 will tip the balance of labour relations in Canada.

The NDP Trades Reason for Theatrics in Bill C-377

Terrance Oakey | Posted 02.01.2013 | Canada Politics
Terrance Oakey

Often the first sign of someone losing a debate is the tactics they employ. This maxim has proven true in recent weeks with the public and parliamentary debate on Bill C-377. The recent rhetoric and tactics employed by unions and their proxies in parliament, the New Democrats, have ranged from abhorrent to desperate.

Bill-C377 is Only Scary if Unions Have Something to Hide

Terrance Oakey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Business
Terrance Oakey

Canada's union leaders are involved in an unprecedented campaign to avoid any efforts to impose transparency requirements required by Bill C-377. The real reason for the campaign against transparency is because union leaders do not want anyone to see how they are spending the $4 billion collected each year in forced contributions. If operating in a transparent manner cripples Canada's union movement, then union leaders have only themselves to blame for that demise.

Bill C-377: Transparently Anti-Union

Larry Rousseau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Larry Rousseau

Just as the 2012 budget is dubbed the "jobs and growth" budget while it slashes at least 20,000 jobs from the civil service, Bill C-377 is being presented as a measure to increase transparency and accountability, when it is nothing but an attempt at attacking and distracting a key element of civil society -- labour unions.

Althia Raj

Is Tory War On Unions A 'Smokescreen'

HuffingtonPost.com | Althia Raj | Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Politics

The war drums of a Tory-led campaign against Big Labour beat louder each day, with calls to make union dues optional and financial disclosure mandator...