Tory MP introduces ‘union transparency’ bill

Unions insist bill intended to create problem, not solve it; information already available
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 10/17/2011

Union officials say a recently introduced private members bill that would require greater financial disclosure by labour organizations is unnecessary — and an attack on organized labour in Canada.

B.C. Conservative MP Russ Hiebert says his amendment to the Income Tax Act would require all labour organizations to file a standardized set of financial statements annually that would then be posted publicly on the internet.

“With public disclosure, Canadians will be able to gauge the effectiveness, financial integrity and health of their unions,” he says. “The principle is, just like charities, labour organizations receive a public benefit and the public should be informed how that public benefit is being used.”