Canadians are a generous people who support many initiatives. Because of the role that labour organizations play, they receive very favourable tax benefits. Dues are 100% tax deductible. They are exempt from income tax. They are exempt from capital gains tax. In return, Canadians have a right to see the finances of organizations subsidized by their tax dollars.Labour organizations are also very political. Canadians also have the right to know how organizations receiving public benefits are trying to influence public policy.That’s only fair. Yet, we don’t.
Unlike charities, religious organizations and political parties, labour organizations are not required to disclose their financial information. And Big Labour leaders are fighting to keep it that way.
Whose interests are Big Labour leaders protecting by trying to keep their finances secret? Canadians or their own?
It’s time to end the special treatment for Big Labour.
Monday, May 14, 2012
WHY IS BIG LABOUR AFRAID OF THE LIGHT?
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Monday, December 5, 2011
MAKE UNIONS OPEN THEIR BOOKS
For organizations that claim they have nothing to hide, Canada’s big labour unions definitely don’t act like it. Take the saga of Conservative MP Russ Hiebert’s recent private member’s bill which, if passed, would have obliged labour unions to regularly and publicly file statements of their finances. This is a basic level of transparency and accountability that applies to Canadian charities, for instance, as a condition of their preferred federal tax status. Click here to read the complete story.