Madam Speaker, it is quite obvious. The most democratic way to approach this is by secret ballots.
Would the member opposite suggest that in her position as a member of Parliament, she be elected by a show of hands or the signing of a petition? I suggest not. Why, then, should union members be forced to avoid and abandon a secret ballot environment? Why should union members, and only union members, be forced into an anti-democratic position? That is exactly what this is.
Bill C-525 simply allowed union members to determine their own fate by a secret ballot. The most democratic way to approach any vote should be by secret ballot to avoid intimidation tactics.
I would point out to the member opposite that if she is talking about true democracy, the Liberals are going about it in exactly the wrong manner.