February 22, 2013
Bill C-377 heads into Senate debate
Debates have begun in Canada’s Senate on Bill C-377, “An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (requirements for labour organizations)”, more commonly known as the anti-union bill, introduced as a Private Members Bill by White Rock MP Russ Hiebert and passed by the Harper Conservative majority government on December 12, 2012.
While Senator Terry Stratton (Manitoba Red River), appointed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1993 and scheduled to retire from the Senate next month, asked, “What is wrong with going after unions?”, Tory Senator Hugh Segal (Ontario Kingston-Frontenac-Leeds), appointed by Prime Minister Paul Martin in 2005, has been a vocal opponent of Bill C-377 in the two sessions of debate that have taken place so far.
Read the submissions made to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance (October 2012), both for and against the Bill, here.
CLC’s Ken Georgetti: “Bill C-377 a.k.a. The Expensive, Unfair to Unions Bill”