April 30, 2015

Trudeau and Mulcair campaign for union corruption

Brian LilleyArchive

Can you imagine voting in this October's federal election without a secret ballot?


It's true many of us are open about our political beliefs.

We post them online, we have signs posted in front of our homes during the campaign, we try hard to convince our friends and family to vote our way.

But even those of us that are open have the advantage of the secret ballot.

Without a secret ballot elections would be won by whichever side could use thug tactics to intimidate voters.

Elections used to be done that way, candidates would hire thugs or buy voters drinks and take them to vote when sufficiently plied with alcohol.

We’ve had the secret ballot since 1874.

Yet two of the political leaders seeking to replace Stephen Harper as prime minister want to ditch the secret ballot for unions and let thug tactics return.

NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau have both promised to repeal bill C-525 if elected. Passed last December the bill gives workers in federal workplace jurisdiction the right to a secret ballot to certify or decertify a union in their workplace.

In essence, Mulcair and Trudeau want unions to be able to use the intimidation tactics that we wouldn’t allow in a federal election to rule supreme when workers decide whether to join a union.

It's understandable for Mulcair, his party has long been associated with big labour and he won the leadership with union support. But Trudeau is a different story.

Earlier this week Trudeau waded deep into NDP territory when he promised not only to repeal C-525 but also bill C-377 if he leads the government after the October election.

Bill C-377 is the bill currently before the Senate that would require unions to disclose how they spend the billions in dues money collected off workers paycheques each year.

Trudeau went before the International Association of Fire Fighters convention in Ottawa and promised to scrap not only C-525 but also C-377 which he dubbed a “masterpiece of anti-worker sentiment."

Here’s the thing though, the IAFF, a powerful union and lobby group, is headquartered in Washington, DC and has been living under the type of disclosure rules the C-377 would bring about since 1959.

That’s when the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act was passed by Democrats and Republicans -- supported even by the likes of then Senator John F. Kennedy as a way to fight corruption in unions.

Canada’s union leaders claim there is no corruption to worry about, they don’t need to live under these sorts of rules and yet experience tells us differently.

Last week Ken Pereira, one of the star witnesses at the Charbonneau Commission that helped expose collusion between union leaders, organized crime and politicians in Quebec spoke in favour of C-377 at the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee.

He told stories of fraud and embezzlement of dues money and what happened when he tried to tell the truth.

"I no longer work in my beloved home province of Quebec. I live there with my wife and our two kids, now young adults, but I have to work elsewhere," Pereira said.

"My life was threatened. No one should have to do what I did to ensure financial activities are lawful. I am a big union believer, but there are things in this country that must change. This necessary disclosure bill is a start."

Pereira, despite having his life threatened and career destroyed, still believes in unions, he just wants them to operate in the sunlight.

The reaction of Canada's "progressive" political leaders Trudeau and Mulcair? Shut the bill down.

“This is an attempt by the Conservatives to break down the system of representation and protection of workers’ rights in Canada,” Mulcair said.

No, this is an attempt to shut down the kind of corrupt union bosses that Pereira was blowing the whistle on.

What Mulcair and Trudeau want to protect is corruption.

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commented 2015-06-01 16:20:34 -0400
This is absolutely disgusting. I wish the CBC who gets big money from the government would publish this, or newspapers so people know. The low informed people will no clue of what is going on could put those 2 crooks in power. Trudeau or Mulcair could win due to corruption. Those two do not care about our country and Canadians.
commented 2015-05-11 00:10:16 -0400
@ Erin Lovespaddling commented 10 days ago… said: "Wow! So twisted!… Who funds The Rebel anyway? Is it Mr. Harper and his party of Conservatives? … I stand united with all of my brothers and sisters against corporatism and greed. This government is destroying our country! Wake up sheeple. "

Actually Erin, unlike the CBC media you obviously prefer as a news source, that IS funded by THE GOVERNMENT LED BY DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED MR. HARPER, the Rebel is privately funded by the READERS (you notwithstanding)… This Rebel news media IS DEMOCRACY at work…BUT YOU WOULDN’T RECOGNIZE democracy because you have to vote by raising a hand and then you have to TRUST those who take your money by force because they don’t have to be transparent with the way they handle your money. So you are led by undemocratically elected union leaders whose secret use of your money is just that, secret. That is why YOU need these two changes introduced by the Harper government to protect YOU FROM YOUR UNIONS. Unions HAD THEIR PLACE IN THE PAST they now are as guilty of CORPORATISM AND GREED as anyone they critique.

I would really like to hear how the Harper government has ruined Canada…details please…and please explain why our standard of living in Canada is so stable while all around us is in decline. Also please read and re-read the previous comments from @ a TOKEN CONSERVATIVE…the arguments for you, dear Erin, are a matter of importance to your very own future…take heed that you do not vote against democracy in the unions…or YOU will be ruining the lives of your fellow workers and your own life…as unions become even more corrupt and greedy.

@ Randy Williams and others…absolutely agree!
commented 2015-05-10 18:01:35 -0400
Absolutely I agree with these bills. If the unions have nothing to hide, why are they so scared by it. Bring it on Mr. Harper and you will have my vote for as long as you are in office! It’s way past the time that the union membership has the right to hold, d their union accountable.
commented 2015-05-08 21:16:35 -0400
My Dad was a union guy in the 50’s when unions were actually needed and relevant. The reason he joined? He’d been told he didn’t get a raise (like the rest of the blokes) because “his wife worked” (mom was a teacher) and “he didn’t need it.” So Unions had their place on the right side of history at one point in time when the management/ownership were corrupt and unfair bastards. They have now balanced the scales by becoming corrupt and unfair bastards. Yayyyy! I think? Actually – No. F**k Unions.
commented 2015-05-01 13:43:05 -0400
Union members should be convinced now that what the PC’s are doing with these bills are of a major benefit to you the individual members….why should you pay for anything that helps libtards when you are a conservative. Why are you not allowed to see where the corrupt hacks at the top are spending your dues. Unions have a history of corruption, and trudolt wants to repeal these bills because liberals are by far the most corrupt in Canada and want this corruption to go on as normal.
commented 2015-04-30 22:48:50 -0400
Erin: the bills call for financial disclosure and secret ballots. As far as the ballot issue is concerned, I just don’t understand how anyone can call themselves Canadian and not support such an obvious effort to introduce basic democracy to an institution that has never experienced it, right under our noses in our much beloved national democracy! To put it bluntly: supporting the union concept of not – secret ballots is UNDEMOCRATIC, by definition! There is no possible way you can square a desire to be democratic by not supporting a call for secret ballots. The only possible motivation anyone can have for not wanting a secret ballot is so such ballotting can be manipulated. Secret ballot = democracy, not – secret ballot = undemocracy. Got it? Now, care to guess which sector of Canadian society doesn’t have to report it’s financials, even to it’s own members? It’s not corporations, nor co-ops, nor most private partnerships or other forms of business. It’s not churches, or charities. It’s not crown corporations (except the CBC, apparently). Yup, you guessed it! The only kind of organization that doesn’t have to justify it’s financials to anyone, anyone at all (least of all those who contribute to them) are unions. Yes, I know that some unions do disclose to their members but the law doesn’t force them to, and parts of these disclosures are missing in many cases. And what of the law? There are campaign contribution laws, but what’s stopping unions from breaking that law if it goes unreported? What of the value of “volunteer” union members getting paid by the public purse while campaigning against the government they’re supposed to be representing? There’s not only laws at question here, but the moral questions also. Are you immoral, Erin? Does your love of all things union and that borrowed ethic supplant the larger moral issues at stake? These laws are good, Erin. Morally and ethically correct, and opposing them simply isn’t.
commented 2015-04-30 16:49:43 -0400
I was a member of a trade union most of my working life. First, the IWA when I was logging, then the BCGEU when I joined the BC Forest Service. I had no choice. It has been my experience that the radical socialist Marxists rise to the top in trade unions because of the apathy of the average union member. Most union members are apolitical and don’t really care about union politics, they just want to keep their jobs. They may like the raises and benefits that the unions negotiate for them, but they never think of the long term ramifications; they’re too busy just getting on with their lives. If the average union member would get as deeply involved in union politics as do the radicals, and make sure their voices are heard loud and clear, a lot of these issues would dissolve. After all, they have the numbers on their side, and it is “their” union. However, I have no idea how to make that happen. How do you motivate an entire populous to attend their own union meetings when they’d rather have beer and pizza and watch the NHL playoffs?
commented 2015-04-30 16:19:34 -0400
Erin: spoken like a true blue, oops sorry like a true red union socialist. You are the one that is misinformed. Sweden is a complete disaster and look at Greece. You do not even know who supports the Rebel and you went right after Stephen Harper. So you stand with corruption and greed! Echoes of Jimmy Hoffa! You are useful idiot for unions. People like you are will ruin this country. Stephen Harper has been the best Prime Minister this country ever had.
commented 2015-04-30 14:32:56 -0400
Yes, Erin, we all would have a much higher standard of living for a few years until the country went bankrupt.

The standard of living the union negotiate cannot be sustained. Take a look at how the governments at all levels keep going further into debt to sustain the high standard of living for the public sector. So then the governments start taking more from the private sector to pay for the public sector.

As a private sector employee I resent having to pay high taxes so the public sector employees can live very comfortably now and retire in luxury when I do not have enough to put away for retirement because of those high taxes. I pay for the public sector employees to retire comfortably.

There is no misinformation in this article Erin. It is obvious you do not agree with it, but that does not make it misinformation. And as for sheeple, look in the mirror where you will find the biggest sheeple, not here on this site.

Care to explain exactly how this government is destroying this country, or are you just spouting off? Facts and evidence Erin. Let’s see some. Present your logical argument.
commented 2015-04-30 13:38:44 -0400
Wow! So twisted!Unions have fought hard to win rights for all Canadians! Such as EI, healthcare, pensions, vacation leave! If everyone in this country was unionized, we would have a much higher standard of living. Look to Sweden. Who funds The Rebel anyway? Is it Mr. Harper and his party of Conservatives? Your articles misinform people. Unions give workers a voice. I stand united with all of my brothers and sisters against corporatism and greed. This government is destroying our country!
Wake up sheeple.
commented 2015-04-30 12:40:46 -0400
Douglas McEwen – the sunshine list comes to mind.
commented 2015-04-30 12:37:10 -0400
Bill Elder – exactly.
commented 2015-04-30 12:35:26 -0400
Good piece, Brian.

Pereira is a hero.

Detective Jacques Duchesneau told Justice Charbonneau the corruption that has been exposed is even worse in Ontario than it is in Quebec.

Unions intimidate the electorate locally. They are bullies.

I want union members to feel secure to vote their conscience, as is protected by the Charter under the Constitution Act of Canada. And I want union finances to be transparent and public. Oh, and I want union criminals prosecuted and jailed.
commented 2015-04-30 11:10:47 -0400
Sadly even during Union meetings a show of hands is often the norm and intimidation takes place. So many people are timid about speaking their minds in large groups where radicals are shouting and drowning out any opposing comments etc. Many times this is how Union meetings are conducted normally even when voting on every day business. Then there is the group of people who are easily influenced by the need to be part of what appears to be the winning side, but that is another story. These are the same people who are influenced in any political election and unions understand human behaviour better than any group I have ever met. Make people “think” you are winning and they will vote for you. Sounds like most elections in this country or the many lobby groups operating in Canada these days.
commented 2015-04-30 10:12:05 -0400
Look at the OPPA.
commented 2015-04-30 10:04:49 -0400
“In essence, Mulcair and Trudeau want unions to be able to use the intimidation tactics that we wouldn’t allow in a federal election to rule supreme when workers decide whether to join a union.”

That’s just the tip of it Brian. Look at the last Ontario election (where union money bought partisan influence in targeted ridings to re-elect an unpopular government) to see where incestuous partisan-government alliances with public sector unions leads – to undermine fundamental democratic process through government-special interest alliances. The end of popular informed consent in the political process.

Radical unionism and socialist statism are natural partners, both operational models rely on monopoly – monopoly on power, control, ideology and political affiliation – no dissent or deviation allowed.
commented 2015-04-30 09:43:25 -0400
What union member in their right mind would not want a secret ballot and an accounting of where his/her money goes? Makes you wonder.
commented 2015-04-30 09:39:02 -0400
Dual citizenship holders should never be allowed leadership/participate in any federal political party! Only Pledged Canadians without outside influence should be allowed to vote! Nafta and now proposedTPP is going to insure sovereignty of this country no longer exists, serfdom for all through UN Agenda 21s rules and regulations aka sustainable development. Get’em Rebels.
commented 2015-04-30 09:09:23 -0400
Canada’s union leaders claim there is no corruption to worry about, …"

Yea, I bet they do! The union leaders declare, “Nothing to see here, move along now!”

Transparency and complete disclosure on how the unions use the union money is only an obvious legislation to make. Hence the reason the self proclaimed “moral authority” opposition is against it.

Secret ballots is fundamental in any type of election, whether it be federal, provincial, municipal, or union for obvious reasons. And once again the self proclaimed “moral fabric of our society”, the opposition parties, are against secret ballots for union votes.

I wonder the real reason why Justie and Tommie are against union transparency and accountability.
commented 2015-04-30 08:43:46 -0400
Unions uttering death threats at threats (people) is common. It’s not big deal for unions because there is not a judge in Canada that would ever prosecute nor a crown that would ever lay charges. Unions are above the law in Canada. C377 and C525 is the start to make unions equal like everyone else.

Mulcair and troodo are the paid off runts in the system to back these unions and their union “slush fund” systems.