I am opposed to the adoption of Bill C-377 and I ask MPs of the Parliament of Canada to vote against it.
Bill C-377 from Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, aims to force labour organizations to disclose a significant amount of financial and sensitive information.
This bill does not mention that unions are democratic organizations and already disclose their financial statements to members who request it.
This bill will create a mountain of bureaucratic red tape (Approximately 25,000 organizations must submit details of ALL financial transactions over $5,000. Such transactions will then be published on the website of Revenue Canada).
This bill is extremely expensive (cost estimates vary between $10.6 million and $150 million for the establishment of the registry).
This bill would violate the protection of privacy (the disclosure of of information of private nature is at the heart of this bill).
Mr. Lacoste is Teamsters Canada General Counsel. I invite you to read his opinion on Bill C-377 below:
It seems that the Federal Tory government is decided to adopt Bill C-377. According to the estimates of the Canada Revenue Agency it will cost more than 200 million dollars to put into place the register of union finances and a few million dollars every year thereafter to administer it.
Not only is that bill absolutely useless, unconstitutional and a danger to civil and commercial contracts, but it will cost a fabulous amount of money to our government that is already in deficit.
Is it more important that the long gun registry? Is it more important that caring for the veterans? Is it more important than providing safe drinking water to the First Nations? Is it more important than insuring health services to refugees?
I am not a conservative. But I always respected, and even shared, some of the principles that this party claims to hold dear: fiscal responsibility, respect of individual rights and the right to privacy, respect for the privity of contracts, free competition. I am disappointed to see the CPC put these principles aside when the time comes to attack the middle class and its associations (which the unions are). The anti-union ideology is stronger than the conservative economic ideology.