A controversial Private Members Bill that will have a direct impact on unions across Canada is currently working its way through Parliament. Bill C-377, which was passed by the Senate last week, will require unions to essentially open their financial books to the public.
Included in the Bill is a requirement for unions to disclose: a yearly balance sheet indicating their assets, liabilities, income and expenditures; the details of all transactions over $5,000, including the name and address of each party, a statement regarding the purpose of the transaction, and a description of each transaction; a statement indicating the total disbursements, including salary, made to each employee, contractor, officer, director or trustee; and a statement indicating the percentage of time each employee, contractor, officer, director or trustee dedicates to political activities.
Proponents of Bill C-377 laud it as improving transparency and accountability. Opponents argue that it raises privacy concerns and bogs down unions with unnecessary expense and administrative burden.
With the Liberal Senators declaring that the passage of the bill would spark a court challenge and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau vowing to repeal the law should his party win the Federal election, the fate of this Bill is still left to be determined.
Thoughts? Is this good law or a bad idea?