Bill C-377 - A Conservative Government Action to Amend the Income Tax Act and make all the Union business public knowledge.
- Published: Wednesday, 23 January 2013 22:51
Bill C-377 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act – PRIVATE CONSERVATIVE MEMBER’S BILL
Bill C-377 would create unnecessary, bureaucratic red tape for government, businesses which manage employee pension and benefit plans and unions.
- Bill C-377 would create a huge government bureaucracy to process the public disclosure of union expenditures of over 25,000 unions, locals and labour organizations. But it is unnecessary because union members already have access to union financial reports through membership meetings and upon request, and most provinces and the federal government already have reporting laws for unions.
- Meeting C-377’s onerous obligations will be a difficult and time consuming task, both for reporting andadministration. Businesses like insurance companies that administer pension and benefit plans would have significant additional reporting, some of it duplicating existing regulatory requirements with which they must already comply. Adding additional management expenses to pension plan administration would burden already struggling pension plans.
Bill C-377 is unnecessary, bureaucratic red tape that would be very expensive for government to administer, would intrude on privacy and may be unconstitutional. It should not proceed.
- Bill C-377’s reporting bureaucracy will be very costly for the federal government to set up and administer, for employee pension and benefit plans, and unions and labour organizations that represent over 4 million Canadians. Those costs will all have to be paid by ordinary taxpayers.
Bill C-377 would wrongly intrude on the privacy of individuals, businesses, employers and unions.
- Bill C-377 would wrongly be a major intrusion on individual privacy by forcing the disclosure of such payments as dental, vision, drug, life, health insurance and pension benefits – even the details of widows’ survivor benefits – for over 4 million unionized Canadians!
- Payments made to small, medium and large businesses providing services to over 25,000 unions, union locals and labour organizations – including rates and fees and other private commercial information – would also be published.
Bill C-377 is discriminatory, singling out unions and union members for unfair treatment under the law.
- Bill C-377 applies only to unions and excludes professional organizations such as bar associations and medical associations whose members are also able to deduct professional fees from their taxes, just like union members.
- Bill C-377 violates the privacy of over four million Canadians and their families just because they are union members. The bill would make all pension plans and health and welfare plans that cover unionized workers turn over to the government the personal and private details of payments to individuals. The Government would then publish those details on a public website. Canadians lucky enough to belong to pension plans and health benefit plans that don’t cover union members won’t have their personal privacy breached in such a manner. Why is some Canadians’ personal privacy worth protecting and others not?