Briefing Note – Bill C-377

Bill C-377 is a Private Member’s Bill called “An act to amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations)”. The bill was originally introduced by Conservative backbench MP Russ Hiebert and it is now back at the Senate. Hearings of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee are scheduled for April 22 and 23 2015.

Advocates of Bill C-377 say it is only about increasing union financial disclosure. In reality, the bill is a highly partisan and political attack on the right of freedom of association and free speech in Canada.

If adopted, the bill would require the Income Tax Act to be changed to make it mandatory for all labour organizations to make available to the public detailed annual financial filings covering salaries, revenues, and expenses.

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