Trudeau Vows To Fight Bill C-377, Tories' 'Masterpiece Of Anti-Worker Sentiment'
OTTAWA — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau waded into traditional NDP territory Monday, declaring his strong support for the union movement and the agenda it is trying to promote.
“Unions matter,” Trudeau declared at a meeting of the International Association of Fire Fighters in Ottawa. “They are one of the few remaining forces that fight effectively for the fair wages that Canada's middle class needs to make the economy grow.”
The Liberal leader said his party would continue to fight against the Conservative government’s Bill C-377, which places onerous financial reporting requirements on unions. The Tories say the bill promotes transparency, but the unions view it as a direct attack on them. On Monday, Trudeau called C-377 a “masterpiece of anti-worker sentiment” and said that it and Bill C-525 — the Employee’s Voting Rights Act, legislation already passed that makes it harder to form a union and easier to decertify one — were meant to weaken the labour movement in Canada.
“We are committed to repealing both should the Liberal Party of Canada form the next government this October,” Trudeau told the crowd to enthusiastic applause.