Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
Madam Minister, welcome to the committee.
Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen.
Mr. Chair, today we are considering Bill C-4, whose objective is to undo two bills that had been adopted under our government. These bills were based on transparency and democracy, with a secret vote and accountability.
When you join a union, you get tax credits. If we subscribe to the principle that tax credits are public, in our opinion, accountability should be as well.
Since union fees receive a big tax break, we really think they should be made public, so the unions should be required to make them public, but when we look at some clauses of the bill, they say exactly the reverse. Let's talk about clause 12, which talks about the the organization's assets, liabilities, income, and expenditures.
I am wondering why the minister wants to keep those hidden. Why does she want to be sure that those assets and that information will not be made public?