Thank you for taking the time to learn more about my Private Members Bill, C-377, regarding public financial disclosure for labour organizations.
Since forming government in 2006 we have made great strides in opening up public institutions to greater financial transparency. Our hallmark Federal Accountability Act set a new standard for public disclosure.
The purpose of my bill is to increase transparency and accountability in another group of institutions that receive public funding – labour organizations. Under C-377, they will be required to file a standard set of financial statements each year. Details from those statements will be posted on the Canada Revenue Agency website for Canadians to examine. As a result, the general public will be empowered to gauge the effectiveness, financial integrity and health of Canada’s unions.
According to a 2013 Leger survey of 1400 Canadians, 83% of working Canadians say that unions should be required to disclose how they spend union dues.
The House of Commons has recognized the public support for this principle and has passed C-377. I now hope the Senate of Canada will do the same.
Russ Hiebert, MP
South Surrey—White Rock—Cloverdale
309 East Block, House of Commons, Ottawa K1A 0A6 (613) 947-4497