Transparency begins at home

Editor:

Re: Hiebert touts poll support, Nov. 5.

Editor:

Re: Hiebert touts poll support, Nov. 5.

MP Russ Hiebert (South Surrey-White Rock-Cloverdale) claims that he has polling information indicating that Canadians support the provisions of his draconian Bill C-377, which singles out unions for discriminatory treatment.

He says that the sponsor of this poll, the Canadian LabourWatch Association, is “non-partisan.”

In fact, LabourWatch is an anti-union front group for organizations that believe minimum wages are too high. LabourWatch issued an earlier poll back in 2011 that Hiebert used constantly to make his case for Bill C-377. Well-known pollster Allan Gregg described that poll as “horrendously biased” to get the results that LabourWatch wanted in order to promote C-377.

Unions are transparent and our members can easily access any information they want about our finances.

But let’s talk a bit more about transparency. The Conservative party’s recent convention in Calgary was largely a secretive affair.

Hiebert and the Conservatives preach about transparency but don’t observe it themselves.

Ken Georgetti, Canadian Labour Congress president, Ottawa

• • •

I found it a bit hypocritical of Conservative MP Russ Hiebert to be asking the unions – or anyone, for that matter – to disclose anything.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper won’t answer any questions about anything. He is the most secretive PM Canada has ever had.

He was going to bar a CTV cameraman from a recent trip because he had the nerve to ask a question that had not been scripted. The only media to which Harper will respond are the right-wing radio talk-show hosts that swallow everything he has to say.

Harper shows no respect for the citizens of this country when he will not answer their questions. At the same time, one of his yes men is demanding that unions be more forthcoming.

Perhaps, in this case, the prime minister has created the template that the unions have chosen to use.

George Stone, White Rock

• • •

I see in the Peace Arch News that our MP, Russ Hiebert, would like to break the unions.

When you think of it, that would not be easy. I would think the police and the fire department and the teachers and the nurses and all the trades would not like that.

Ralph E. Johnson, Surrey

 

 

Just Posted

Semiahmoo advances to B.C. peewee hockey final against Burnaby Winter Club

Ravens to square off against only team to defeat them during provincial tournament

Surrey RCMP hunt for robbery suspect after woman threatened while using ATM

Police say a man demanded a woman withdraw money from her account while threatening her with a weapon

SOCCER: A Surrey coach recalls Alphonso Davies’ rise, days after his first goal for Bayern Munich

Injury may prevent the budding star, 18, from playing for Team Canada in Vancouver on Sunday

Tory MPs chant ‘cover up’ during federal budget delivery

Liberal government’s fourth budget delivered in House of Commons Tuesday, but nobody could hear it

Former South Surrey boxer relishing role on Riverdale

Peninsula resident Darcy Hinds has recurring role on popular CW series

VIDEO: Can you believe it? This B.C. hill pulls cars backwards up a slope

Sir Isaac Newton had clearly never been to this Vernon anomaly when he discovered gravity

Canucks hang on for 7-4 win over Senators

Horvat nets 2 for Vancouver

European, Canadian regulators to do own review of Boeing jet

Air Canada plans to remove the Boeing 737 Max from its schedule at least through July 1

Prime minister defends Liberal budget measures as sales effort gets underway

Conservatives under Andrew Scheer say it’s a spree funded by borrowing against the future

Mayor meets with B.C. health minister on homeless taxi transfers

Two homeless people were discharged from Surrey Memorial and sent to a Chilliwack shelter

Teacher reprimanded for conduct towards special needs student

Alan Stephen Berry told vice principal he did not have time to use positive strategies

‘Full worm super moon’ to illuminate B.C. skies on first day of spring

Spring has sprung, a moon named in honour of thawing soil marks final super moon until 2020

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

Fraser Health under fire again for taxiing homeless man from Langley to Hope

Patient sent to Hope shelter because a spot in the man’s home community couldn’t be located

Most Read

l -->