Union transparency bill reaches Senate

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert is spearheading a debate in Ottawa about the transparency requirements...

Conservative MP Russ Hiebert is spearheading a debate in Ottawa about the transparency requirements of unions. His private member's bill, C-377, would impose new public reporting requirements for unions. (Chris Roussakis/QMI Agency)

Mark Dunn, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:41 PM ET

OTTAWA - A backbench Conservative MP is satisfied his private member's bill forcing union leaders to disclose salaries and how much is spent on political action is on solid legal ground.

Russ Hiebert's public disclosure bill narrowly passed in the Commons and now sits in the Senate where labour groups will refocus lobby efforts to kill it - a tall order considering the Tory majority in the upper chamber.

Bill C-377 - an amendment to the Income Tax Act - requires union executives to disclose salaries over $100,000, bonuses and the amount spent on political activities, among other things.


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