In most countries worth living in, unions do have tax-free status. But only in Canada is that allowed without openness and audited books.
Robert Sloan, Langstaff and Sloan, weighs in Bill C-377, which would force unions to open up their books to the public.
By Steve Payne
Here is Ontario electrical comment contractor Robert Sloan (Langstaff and Sloan) with a comment on Alec Caldwell’s post about proposed Bill C-377 that will (if the bill passes) force unions to open up their books to the public.
“Why don’t unions simply pay taxes. They are big business, but unlike big business they have virtually no competition. Like big businesses they seem to have lost their moral high ground. Maybe not everyone deserves a look under the hood, but for sure the government and members do. I don’t know what all the fuss is about unless there is massive fraud and payola to hide. In most countries worth living in, unions do have tax-free status, but only in Canada is that allowed without openness and audited books.
“I do find it amusing that union members consider dues as their money when it is actually the money allowed to be overcharged for the “union only” government contracts that is funnelled back to the government anyway. We should be ALL fighting for the government to be as open, transparent and annually audited as what they propose for the unions.”