June 22, 2015

C-377: Why are unelected, unaccountable Senators trying to block openness and transparency?

Brian LilleyArchive

Senators, currently under fire for misspending taxpayers' dollars and refusing to be open about expenses, may help another group keep their questionable spending hidden.

A number of senators are attempting to block the passage of Bill C-377 which would force unions to be open about how they spend billions in tax free money they collect every year. 


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commented 2015-06-25 01:09:41 -0400
“The unions might be good for the people who are in the unions but it doesn’t do a thing for the people who are unemployed. Because the union keeps down the number of jobs, it doesn’t do a thing for them.” – Milton Friedman, Nobel Laureaute
commented 2015-06-24 15:51:00 -0400
Funny, 10 years on and we still haven’t changed a thing. And no sign from the Conservatives that they will. And they stacked the Senate despite assurances to the contrary. So why haven’t they done anything?
commented 2015-06-24 00:47:03 -0400
My mentor was quite clear relating to me the fact that unions will be the demise of our society. Who was it that said " Democracy fails when unions gain too much power" Churchill?
commented 2015-06-23 18:43:01 -0400
Is this bill by any chance also tied to the bill where MP’s have the option to vote out their Leader ?
commented 2015-06-23 17:42:00 -0400
The “Oppostion” cries for transparency (meaning they want dirt to trash the Conservatives). But when legislation comes that will enforce the “transparency” the “Opposition” is demanding, there are all kinds of roadblocks and dithering.

Makes one wonder what everybody is trying to hide… And if they’re trying to hide it, it can’t be good…
commented 2015-06-23 09:20:44 -0400
The only party currently promising to abolish the senate is the NDP.

I think the senate is a good idea but I’d like it reformed to allow more ordinary folks to serve. Limit the term to, say, six years.

And create a reliable citizens’ senate watchdog to keep expenses accountable and corruption in check. No senator should ever misuse authority for partisan or personal reasons. Like judges, they need to consider just the law, not how it benefits them personally.
commented 2015-06-22 23:31:42 -0400
Deborah, I don’t know where you live but I’ve lived all my life in Ontario. I’ve never heard of a Police Chief being elected in this province. I believe they are appointed by the city council in the city in which they work. If I’m wrong, I hope someone corrects me. The only place I know of where top law enforcement officials are elected is in the US where sheriffs, who are the top cops for their counties, are elected. I believe that city police chiefs in the US are all hired by their respective city councils.
commented 2015-06-22 21:49:08 -0400
When Harper gets re-elected, expect earth shaking changes to Canada.
commented 2015-06-22 21:46:09 -0400
Deborah, I would take that further to include judges should be elected as well.
commented 2015-06-22 20:52:32 -0400
Senate reform should be a priority for our federal government! MLA’s are elected, Mayor’s, are elected, Chief of Police are elected, School Board Trustee’s are elected. These are all civil servants; paid by tax payer dollars! Senators don’t even have to “apply” for their positions. Rather, they are hand picked and appointed by whichever party is in power at the time. They can remain in senate until they reach the age of retirement or 75 if they so choose. At the very least, they should have to apply for the position, be properly screened and serve a probationary period of 6 months. Monthly and annual spending caps need to be introduced; with a proper ad-ministerial budget, overseen by the dept. of the Auditor General.
commented 2015-06-22 20:26:53 -0400
It’s time we cancel all deductions and make the tax form easy no union dues deductions no charity deductions just no deductions. Like THE REBEL when it was set up by Ezra et all he appealed to the former viewers of The Sun News Network we gave our money to help start THE REBEL there was no tax deductions we did for the bews that no one would broadcast and by the looks of things it is successful.
Here’s betting the loonie lefties are going out of their minds.
commented 2015-06-22 20:03:35 -0400
Thanks for that report Brian. You’ve convinced me, time to abolish the Senate and come up with another system of checks (not cheques) and balances. What we have now is not working.
commented 2015-06-22 19:39:35 -0400
“Why are unelected, unaccountable Senators trying to block openness and transparency?”

Well Brian, that should be fairly self evident. :)