Terrance Oakey
Terrance Oakey is president of Merit Canada, which represents open shop construction associations from across Canada. He is responsible for expanding the national presence and influence of the open shop coalition, which seeks a fair and transparent construction marketplace. Oakey hails from Halifax and is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick.

Entries by Terrance Oakey

Will The Charbonneau Commission Change Anything?

(4) Comments | Posted December 9, 2015 | 2:34 PM

The final report of Quebec's Charbonneau Commission was released last month and with costs estimated at $35 million. The public is justified in asking our politicians what taxpayers will receive in response. Is this going to be another report that sits on a shelf, or will the political...

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How a Public Tendering System Will Cut Down Waste and Corruption

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 12:28 PM

There seems to be little debate within Ontario that governments must address an increasingly aged and inadequate public infrastructure system. One need look no further than the municipal election campaigns across the Province to see that investment in infrastructure is a key concern for citizens and politicians alike. However, where...

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Let Canadians See Where Unions Are Throwing Their Money

(18) Comments | Posted July 29, 2014 | 1:22 PM

A year ago the Senate had the chance to pass Bill C-377, which would have imposed new financial transparency rules on Canada's unions, including the amount of time and money spent on political activities. 
Instead Liberal Senators teamed up with a handful of Conservatives...

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Prime Time on the Workers' Dime

(10) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 5:25 PM

Viewers of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and other prime time programming of late may have noticed an ad touting the work of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). No doubt it is purely coincidental that ad is popping up during an Ontario election campaign in which union...

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Why Free Trade Agreements Grow Canadian Business

(9) Comments | Posted March 28, 2014 | 12:09 PM

As a general rule of thumb, when assessing whether a policy is potentially good or bad one can look to the position of labour bosses for guidance. If they are unanimously opposed, chances are it is in fact a good policy. This approach definitely applies when it comes to trade...

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Make Infrastructure Dollars Go Further with Open Tendering

(1) Comments | Posted February 13, 2014 | 4:08 PM

The 2014 Federal Budget made important investments in Canada's infrastructure, something for which the Harper Government deserves great praise. There are staggering infrastructure demands across Canada, so any new investments in this critical aspect of our economy are welcome.

However, the Government could get a lot more bang for...

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Who Really Represents Workers?

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 3:50 PM

"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...

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Expect More "Sky Is Falling" Rhetoric From Union Leaders

(9) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 11:43 PM

Canada's union leaders are about to engage in another round of "sky is falling" rhetoric over a private members bill they claim is an affront to worker rights, democracy, collective bargaining and basically all things honest and decent in society.

What then is the radical proposal being considered? Secret...

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Will a Retired Supreme Court Justice Do?

(10) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 5:14 PM

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."

Merit Canada is one of the supporters of that legislation and...

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Do These Anti-Harper Videos Go too Far?

(132) Comments | Posted April 22, 2013 | 5:39 PM

There is a particularly offensive video now available online from the Public Service Alliance of Canada -- National Capital Region that compares modest budget cuts to various government programs to a violent and terrorizing home invasion. Another video implies the death of a child in an aviation accident. The first...

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Provinces Must Work to Get Bang for Their Buck Out of Budget 2013

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2013 | 5:05 PM

A major theme of Thursday's federal budget was "connecting Canadians with available jobs." And for good reason: Canada faces a major shortage of skilled tradespeople, and if no action is taken, this shortage will only grow in the future as the population ages. Indeed, the budget cited the example of...

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

(13) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 11:42 AM

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. During debate on the Bill in the House of Commons, union leaders and their political allies tried just about everything...

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

(57) Comments | Posted December 12, 2012 | 11:01 PM

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...

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The NDP Trades Reason for Theatrics in Bill C-377

(13) Comments | Posted December 2, 2012 | 11:00 PM

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, a federal private members bill that would require unions and other labour organizations to report annually financial statements, salaries...

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

(15) Comments | Posted November 2, 2012 | 8:38 AM

Canada's union leaders are involved in an unprecedented campaign to avoid any efforts to impose transparency requirements on the $4-billion of revenue they collect annually from forced contributions of unionized Canadians. How much of this money Canada's union leaders are spending to defeat Bill C-377 we may never...

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