Legal and Constitutional Affairs – April 22, 2015

In Committee from the Senate of Canada

Legal and Constitutional Affairs – April 22, 2015

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert discusses his bill (C-377) requiring public financial disclosure by labour organizations. Canadian Labour Congress president Hassan Yussuff and constitutional and labour lawyer Paul Cavalluzzo outline their concerns with the proposed legislation, while labour and employment lawyer Brian Johnston argues that the bill will not harm labour relations.

Unions would have to file certain financial information annually to the Canada Revenue Agency and details will be posted on the CRA’s website. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $25,000. Bill C-377 was first introduced in 2011 and was heavily amended by the Senate in June 2013. Parliament was prorogued before the House of Commons could review the amendments and the bill was reintroduced at the start of the current session in its original form. (April 22, 2015) UPDATE: Bill C-377 received royal assent on June 30.