The purpose of this Bill is to require unions to make their finances public, including assets, liabilities, and expenses. Unions already provide this information to their members through financial audits, reports, and regular membership meetings.
The reality is C-377 could result in costly legal challenges. The Canadian Bar Association, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada informed us that C-377 exposes the government to legal action on a number of fronts, including the Constitution and the Charter of Rigths and Freedoms. It also encroaches on provincial jurisdiction, violated privacy rights, threatened freedom of association, contravened provincial privacy laws, and C-377 is a serious threat to commercial privacy and private business.
Furthermore, the cost to Taxpayers cannot be determined. The Canada Revenue Agency charged with implementing C-377 has produced reports with costs ranging form the millions to the tens-of-millions. And the Parliamentary Budget Officer says the provisions of C-377 are too unclear to surmise the cost to taxpayers.
The final vote on Bill C-377 will take place, Wednesday December 12, 2012 – tell your conservative MP not to proceed, this Bill is a boondoggle. We should be focusing on job creation and economic growth rather.
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