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Push on for union transparency in Canada

MONTREAL, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- A Conservative member of Canada's Parliament wants labor unions to publish financial statements on how members' dues are spent.

The bid was filed as a private member's bill rather than part of the Conservative Party's roster by Russ Hiebert, who represents a district near Vancouver.

His effort was praised in a news release Tuesday by the independent, non-partisan Montreal Economic Institute, which said unions should be held accountable to more transparency, particularly in Quebec.

In the release, Jasmin Guenette, vice president of the institute, said union members deserved a simpler way to see how their dues are being spent.

"Even though they already have the right to ask their representatives for financial statements, union members could have easier and anonymous access to this information thanks to this new law," the release said.

In January, the institute published a paper alleging "Quebec's unionization model is an anomaly compared to the situation in most developed countries" and said it will publish a follow-up later this month.

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