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Procedure and House Affairs committee  All of what I just said was to underscore our position that we understand and appreciate the need to regulate third party political engagement.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I work for the Canadian Labour Congress, not for the Ontario Federation of Labour.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  All I can tell you is that the CLC has an approach to general elections where we focus on the issues. That's what we want to talk about. Absolutely, we leave it for members to decide which party of the day best represents their interests on those issues.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The only funding to support the work of the Canadian Labour Congress comes from affiliated unions, which in turn derive from members' dues, absolutely. I would just remind you that's protected by the Supreme Court decision in Lavigne and in law in Canada, which understands the ad

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I don't know the answer to that. I just know that the CLC derives its funding base from a per capita amount charged on the basis of membership to affiliated unions.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  As most people who know about the labour movement in Canada already realize, there are international unions that are present in Canada and that played a role, historically, in the formation of unions in Canada. Many Canadian affiliate unions of the Canadian Labour Congress are he

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Absolutely. The Canadian Labour Congress is arguably the largest democratically member owned and operated organization in Canada.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Absolutely. They have multiple opportunities, all through the year in the election cycle, to participate along with their co-workers in the organizational life of their unions to shape the policy direction and the issues and the parties they support. We definitely support that k

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  In the pre-writ period, which didn't exist in 20...?

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  As I tried to convey, the CLC drastically underspends legislated limits for the election period typically. We're engaged in issue-based discussion and conversation with members and with Canadians. I will just tell you that we didn't come close to the number.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  I can't, but I can provide it to the committee.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  Certainly the provincial and territorial federations of labour, which are part of the CLC, would fall under the single umbrella of the CLC, so that would be included in any umbrella number.

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  As far as affiliate unions, unions affiliated with the CLC, go, you'd want to ask them—

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts

Procedure and House Affairs committee  The CLC typically runs a campaign called “Better Choices” in which we focus on specific issues. In 2015, the issues were retirement security, child care, and things like that, issues fundamental to our members and, we believe, to working people. We try to generate a conversation

June 7th, 2018Committee meeting

Chris Roberts