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October 2011

10/03/2011 - Inside Politics
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Kady O'Malley

With the first session of the 41st parliament comfortably underway, the House will soon turn its collective mind to the first batch of bills and motions set to be brought forward for consideration under the respective names of the first 30 members eligible to introduce private members' business.

10/03/2011 - Press Release
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Canadian Centre for Policy Studies

The Canadian Centre for Policy Studies (CCPS), an Ottawa-based conservative think-tank says "Canada lags far behind other countries at protecting union workers from union abuses."

10/03/2011 - Press Release
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Merit Canada

Merit Canada, representing Canada's open shop construction associations, strongly support a new federal Private Member's Bill introduced today by MP Russ Hiebert that would, if passed, ensure greater accountability and transparency among Canada's unions.

10/03/2011 - Windsor Star
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Dave Battagello

“We always share our financials with members — even you can come and see it, anybody can." (CAW Local 444 president Rick Laporte).

10/02/2011 - Globe and Mail
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Daniel LeBlanc

The bill's content is still confidential [at time of posting], but its title shows it will seek to change the rules governing labour organizations under the Income Tax Act, which exempts unions, along with charities and municipalities, from paying taxes.

September 2011

09/23/2011 - National Post
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Niels Veldhuis and Amela Karabegovic

With Ontarians heading to the polls in a little more than a week, and up to four other provincial elections possible this fall, unions across the country have ramped up their political activism. Unfortunately, the unionized workers footing the bill through forced union dues will be left in the dark about the millions of dollars unions spend on political attack ads and donations to advocacy groups and political parties.

09/20/2011 - macleans.ca
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Charlie Gillis

Outsiders have never been terribly welcome in Canadian election campaigns. In federal votes, the 95 per cent of us who don’t belong to registered parties face a bulwark of laws restricting third-party campaign spending—rules rooted in the fear that, left unguarded, democracy will be sold off to the highest bidder. This theory has been an article of faith among left-wingers since the early 2000s, when a conservative activist named Stephen Harper waged a court battle against the limits, to the delight of Bay Street’s heavy hitters.

09/05/2011 - Toronto Sun
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Stefania Moretti

The vast majority of non-unionized Canadians have no interest in joining a union, according to a new poll released Monday.

The Canadian LabourWatch Association, which describes itself as a not-for-profit, pro-employee choice advocacy group, commissioned Nanos Research to survey working Canadians on their impressions of unions and found just under a third belong to an employee union. For most, membership came when they took the job.

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October 2010

10/05/2010 - The National Post
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National Post - Letters

How is using so-called “forced” union dues for political purposes any different from, say, the Harper government using taxpayer dollars to promote its own political agenda, such as the advertisements touting infrastructure spending prior to the last federal election? Only a minority of Canadians voted Conservative in the last federal election, yet the majority of Canadians are forced to pay for their political messaging through taxes.

10/03/2010 - The National Post
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Gerry Nicholls

Here's how it works: union bosses come up with the political agenda, while unionized employees are forced to come up with the cash. Or to put it another way, unionized employees in Ontario must pay for union boss propaganda campaigns whether they like it or not.

April 2008

04/23/2008 - The Edmonton Journal
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Editorial

Remember the strange TV ads during last month's provincial election with the black and white images of Premier Stelmach and the not-so-scary voice whispering "No pla-a-a-a-n"?

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