In fact, Mr. Oakey, from Merit Canada, who testified recently before our committee, was able to substantiate that this is a fairly widespread situation throughout Canada.
I’ll follow up on my colleague, Mr. Harris's question on MERFs. The acronym MERF is market enhancement recovery fund, and STABs are stabilization funds, sometimes also called JTFs, job targeting funds.
In Alberta's case, since the 2008 reforms to MERFs came in, they're now called, interestingly enough, membership development funds, but they have the same function.
Are these funds used in situations of open tendering, where unionized work is competing against non-unionized work for contracts?