As we head into the summer season in Canada, the parliament is pushing through several bills before they take a break.

One bill that was passed through this week was Bill C-4, a bill that was praised by union members and leaders across the country.

This bill repeals two bills that were passed under Stephen Harper’s Conservatives, C-377 and C-525.

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Bill C-377 received royal assent on June 30, 2015, on the last day of Parliament and after years of debate. The amendment to the Income Tax Act, targets labour organizations with critics arguing that it is unconstitutional and violates the rights and privacy of all Canadians.

It was also argued that it was designed to ‘smother unions in red tape’ and would require extra costs and time.

Bill C-525 would make the union certification process very difficult, eliminating the automatic card check certification and replacing it with a two-stage process adding a voting process in addition to card signing.

In April, the senate had passed amendments to the bill that changed some of the most important aspects. In May it was rejected.

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“By passing Bill C-4, the federal government has demonstrated it understands the importance of fair labour relations, and the critical role unions play advancing rights for all Canadian workers,” said Canadian Labour Congress President Hassan Yussuff in a press release.

The ability for Canadians to join a union is a right we all have. Higher union membership has been shown to create a stronger middle class and a happier society overall. Unions fight for the rights of not only their members, but all Canadians in the workplace and that should bot be hampered by the government.

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