New labour minister, new labour landscape

MaryAnn Mihychuk says Liberals will repeal Bills C-377, C-525
By Sabrina Nanji
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 12/14/2015

Call it what you will — a red tide, a crimson wave — but when the Liberals swept Parliament with an overwhelming majority this fall, they brought with them a new vision for labour and the future of work in Canada.

Enter MaryAnn Mihychuk, minister of employment and workforce development, who has been tasked with handling the country’s labour file.

That includes repealing two hotly contested private member’s bills, C-525 and C-377, which were passed by the previous Conservative government. The former introduced a secret ballot vote during the certification process in federal jurisdictions, and the latter would require unions to publicly disclose financial spending beyond $5,000, as well as publish salaries of top union brass.