By Anthony Capkun
June 1, 2013 – The Conservative government and its anti-union allies cannot find a single constitutional expert who will agree that Bill C-377 is constitutional, says Ken Georgetti, president of the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC). Bill C-377 would force every labour organization in Canada to file detailed financial information to be posted publicly on a Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website.
“This bill singles out unions and their members for discriminatory treatment, and it interferes with their right to freedom of association,” said Georgetti.
According to the congress, the Canadian Bar Association told the House of Commons Finance Committee in 2012 that Bill C-377 should be withdrawn because it would invade the personal privacy of individual Canadians.
In Senate hearings over the last two weeks, CLC says professor Bruce Ryder of the Osgoode Hall Law School faculty called the proposed legislation a “Trojan Horse” that will use the Income Tax Act to single out and regulate unions.
“This bill is being used by the Conservatives to bully union members and to force us to provide detailed information that employer groups will then be able to use against us,” said Georgetti.