Union disclosure bill gutted by Senate

OTTAWA — A Tory backbencher’s bill to force unions to open their books was called “the bastard child of government” Wednesday and is returning to the Commons after Conservatives senators helped gut the legislation. Russ Hiebert’s private member’s bill would amend the Income Tax Act to make unions disclose to the Canada Revenue Agency how dues are spent. Unelected senators argued Bill C-377 was unconstitutional and infringed on provincial jurisdictions, among other things.

Hiebert said he was disappointed with the “unjustified” rewrite.

“Fortunately, this is not the end of the process,” he said.