The latest victory of business-funded politics was recorded last week when the Harper Conservatives passed Bill C-377 aimed at hobbling the ability of trade unions to participate in public life.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said this private member's bill isn't really about transparency but is instead an attack on the labour movement in Canada.
Unions are under attack in the United States -- not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers' strike in Chicago, from the very core of Obama's inner circle.
Perhaps the attack on unions isn't surprising, given the ongoing recession caused by the 2008 financial crash. Better to turn the 99 per cent against each other rather than against the 1 per cent.
The government of Brad Wall has launched a consultation on labour reform that seeks to change some of the most fundamental rights that workers currently have.
Unions are an important force for a more democratic society. That is why it is disturbing that Canadian conservatives have recently embraced the extreme anti-union agenda of the American right.
Caught in a punishing recession that just won't end, many Americans must think they've been transported back to the 1930s. Meanwhile, U.S. labour laws are heading even further back in time.
In the last year, three mainstream parties have introduced proposals for right-to-work-style legal changes in Canada. Developments in the U.S. are clearly exerting influence north of the border.
Over the past 12 months, a number of pundits, academics and pollsters have suggested that support for unions and the labour movement is on the decline in Canada.
There's been some good public debate about the need for changes to the Investment Canada process in light of Caterpillar's incredible actions in London.