Notion of disclosure costly, burdensome: Unions

Private member’s bill would force unions to file yearly financial statements with CRA
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/12/2012

A private members bill that would force unions to publicly disclose extensive internal information would be both costly and burdensome for unions, says the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and several Canadian unions.

It’s a claim disputed by the author of the bill, Conservative MP Russ Hiebert, who says that information is already being kept by unions and needs only to be reported.

The proposed legislation is necessary to offer public transparency into how unions spend money since they receive tax breaks that, according to him, cost Ottawa $500 million in foregone revenues a year, he says.