Conservative MP fights back after 'political threats' from unions

Pierre Poilievre at his office on Parliament Hill.

Credits: Tony Caldwell/Ottawa Sun


OTTAWA - An Ottawa Tory MP is doubling down in his fight with Canada's labour movement.

Pierre Poilievre, who represents thousands of federal workers in the riding of Nepean-Carleton, claims he is pushing back after "political threats" by the United Steelworkers (USW) and the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC).

Last week, Poilievre outlined his intentions to support a private member's bill that would allow workers to opt out of union dues, a moved criticized by several labour groups.

The MP first suggested workers should be able to opt out of fees after the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) decided to endorse two separatist parties in Quebec's provincial election.

The CLC subsequently called Poilievre a politically ignorant MP and suggested he be stripped of his parliamentary secretary duties.

On Sunday, Polievre snapped back and called out unions for giving money to the NDP, which was deemed to be in contravention of elections law.

According to the NDP's financial statements published on the Elections Canada website, the USW and CLC were among several unions that gave "contributions" to the federal party. The USW gave $81,350 and the CLC gave $10,300, which has now been paid back.

Earlier this year, the agency overseeing federal elections said the NDP violated financing laws by accepting money from sponsors - a breach of rules banning union and corporate donations.

The NDP said it believed it was acting in accordance with the law when it sold advertising slots at party conventions.

-with files from Mark Dunn
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