Gateway Gazette

Liberals Choose Union Patronage over Transparency and Accountability


High River, AB – Yesterday the Liberal Government announced they intend to repeal Bill C-377 and Bill C-525.

At the federal level, the previous Conservative government introduced extensive reforms to ensure Canadians have trust in their political institutions. The Accountability Act reformed the financing of political parties to reduce opportunities to influence politicians with contributions, banning union and corporate donations and levelling the playing field among individual contributors.

Bill C-377 created transparency and accountability for unions. It requires labour organizations to file a public information return with the Canada Revenue Agency on an annual basis. The disclosure requirements include financial statements, including a statement of assets and liabilities and a statement of income and expenditures, and other prescribed financial information, including amounts paid for political and lobbying activities, and the salaries paid to executives and staff.

The Liberal Party campaigned on accountability and transparency and it is obvious they have no intention of keeping their election promises.  One of their first actions is to repeal two bills built on a foundation of accountability and transparency.

It is shameful during an economic crisis and mass job losses in the energy sector the Minister of Employment Workforce Development and Labour has made it her priority to repeal Bill C-377 and C-525 instead of constructing a plan to create jobs and growth.

“With the jobs crisis in the energy sector right now it is baffling to see the Minister of Employment’s top priority is repealing bills imposing transparency and accountability on unions. It appears paying back union leadership for its contributions during the election campaign is more important to the Liberal government than hard-working Canadians who have lost their jobs.”John Barlow, MP for Foothills, Deputy Critic, Employment, Workforce Development and Labour

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  • Bonnie Gostola , January 29, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

    As a union member I am glad to see that common sense has returned to government. The expense of defending the inevitable court challenges alone would make these bills redundant. I for one do not believe the governmentmen has any right to question how my union dues are distributed. THE ONLY ONE WHO HAS THE RIGHT TO QUESTION MY UNION IS ME. I get that opportunity regularly when attending my convention where I, representing the people who send me to represent them approve the finances of my union.

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