Political program

A vote was carried out at the time of our congress of foundation. It is possible for you to see the results in the following document : Proposals voted at the time of the congress of constitution of September 15th, 2012. (in french)

Proposals under investigation

The following proposals form the draft program of Équipe autonomiste, which is intended to be a democratic party.

The party will set up riding-based or regional political forums in order to enable all of its members, and no longer just those who can attend the conventions, to address its policy statements.

Thus, the following proposals have been drawn up for such forums.

Please note that the party leader acts as a spokesperson rather than as an executive officer.

Agriculture

Economy and public finances

Reduce spending

Proposal 3 : Downsize the civil service by reviewing, with the assistance of the auditor general of Québec.

Downsize the civil service by reviewing, with the assistance of the auditor general of Québec, the purpose of each government department, body, and program, and retain only the necessary ones.

Many services have been created in response to one-time-only problems or political orders. The reason no longer exists, but the service remains. In addition, work methods have evolved and fewer people are needed for certain tasks.

Proposal 4 : Stop government advertising that seeks to drum up support for the government’s positions and justify its policies.

Stop government advertising that seeks to drum up support for the government’s positions and justify its policies.

On the other hand, advertising will still be permitted for educational aims.

Proposal 5 : Stop installing signs that show the cost of government-funded public works.

Stop installing signs that show the cost of government-funded public works.

With over 1,300 construction sites, at a cost of nearly $10,000 per construction site, a total of $10-13 million is being needlessly wasted.

Proposal 6 : Let the rest of Canada bid on projects for public works and road upgrading.

Let the rest of Canada bid on projects for public works and road upgrading.

Given the findings of investigative reports made public in 2012, which show we are paying up to 30% more than the rest of Canada, this approach aims to reduce construction costs by forcing businesses and unions to be competitive.

Proposal 8 : Privatize the casinos run by Loto-Québec.

Privatize the casinos run by Loto-Québec.

Québec is the only place in the world where casinos run deficits. Bad internal management is believed to be the cause. It would probably be more cost-effective for the government to tax the profits.

Proposal 9 : Include the provincial tax return in the federal tax return.

Include the provincial tax return in the federal tax return.

This is how the other 9 provinces operate and would reduce administrative costs and the workload of taxpayers and accountants.

Stimulating the economy

Proposal 11 : Harmonize salary deductions for employers.

Harmonize salary deductions for employers.

Currently, businesses have to pay or deduct for CSST, employment insurance, parental leave insurance, drug insurance, other insurance programs, and income tax.

A single, harmonized hourly rate will be calculated for employers in order to simplify administration of salary deductions.

Proposal 12 : Amend the Act to Promote Workforce Skills Development and Recognition and remove the section that requires employers to spend 1% of all payroll costs on manpower training.

Amend the Act to Promote Workforce Skills Development and Recognition and remove the section that requires employers to spend 1% of all payroll costs on manpower training.

This measure, which has been uniformly imposed on all types of business, is counterproductive. Businesses that employ unskilled workers and operate on a slim profit margin are greatly penalized, while specialized businesses spend much more than 1% of their payroll costs on training.

Proposal 13 : Reduce taxes on expenses for renovating or maintaining a family residence.

Reduce taxes on expenses for renovating or maintaining a family residence.

This measure aims to reduce evasion of sales tax and income tax (undeclared work).

Proposal 14 : Eliminate protectionism and excessive taxation by Loto-Québec on lotteries and foreign competitions or contests.

Eliminate protectionism and excessive taxation by Loto-Québec on lotteries and foreign competitions or contests.

Give Québec citizens the chance and freedom to take part in sometimes very lucrative foreign competitions.

Education

Proposal 16 : Limit the number of years of eligibility for loans and bursaries.

Limit the number of years of eligibility for loans and bursaries.

The duration of assistance would correspond to the expected duration of the program.

Program changes would be at the student’s cost, except for the first term.

Proposal 17 : Oversee university administrative expenses.

Oversee university administrative expenses.

Notably limit severance pay for senior officials.

Give the auditor general a mandate to verify administrative expenses and new university projects.

Proposal 18 : Redefine the mandate of school boards and adjust the size of their bureaucracy accordingly.

Redefine the mandate of school boards and adjust the size of their bureaucracy accordingly.

Define their role and how they should fulfil it. The aim is to reduce educational spending and increase the quality of the training of graduating students.

Many have suggested doing away with school boards, but this suggestion is only one of several possible means to an end. Nor is this means excluded.

Proposal 19 : Offer enriched programs for promising students, and special programs for students with learning difficulties, so as to offer a personalized service that corresponds to each person’s learning ability.

Offer enriched programs for promising students, and special programs for students with learning difficulties, so as to offer a personalized service that corresponds to each person’s learning ability.

Proposal 20 : Make vocational and technical courses more attractive.

Make vocational and technical courses more attractive.

Vocational academic programs and CEGEP degrees offer job and wage prospects that are often just as interesting as those for university graduates.

Proposal 23 : Do away with the “fake degrees” given in the form of certain high school attestations and certificates.

Do away with the “fake degrees” given in the form of certain high school attestations and certificates.

Since 2008, with a view to “giving a chance” to high school dropouts, the Department of Education has created CPMTs (Certificat préparatoire au marché du travail – certificate of preparation for the labour market).

For students, these training sessions involve attending courses for a certain number of hours without having to take an exam. The Department then uses the number of such degrees that it grants to lower the dropout rate artificially and make itself look better.

In reality, this practice is a form of downward-levelling, a waste of public money, and a lie to the students and the public.

Proposal 24 : Encourage bilingualism since grade 1.

Proposal 24 : Teach English (french for the anglophones) beginning in Grade 1 to encourage bilingualism.

Proposal 25 : Make it no longer mandatory to take the course on religious ethics and cultures in public schools.

Make it no longer mandatory to take the course on religious ethics and cultures in public schools.

Private schools would be free to teach the religion of their choice on the condition that they also teach the other religions, beginning in high school.

Environment

Family, culture, and immigration

Proposal 33 : Reform the funding of CPEs (Centre de petite enfance – early childhood centre) and child daycare centres.

Reform the funding of CPEs (Centre de petite enfance – early childhood centre) and child daycare centres.

Do away with the system of directly funding CPEs and administration by CPEs of funding for child daycare centres. Offer financial assistance directly to parents by reducing their salary deductions. A parent who wishes to stay home may receive a reimbursement only if the other parent is working and if the parent living at home is not a welfare recipient.

This program will enable all parents to use, or not use, the services of a child daycare centre of their choice, at all times. Verification of service quality will continue to be the government’s responsibility.

Proposal 34 : Transform certain centres for single-mother families into centres for single-parent families.

Transform certain centres for single-mother families into centres for single-parent families.

More and more parents have shared child custody. This trend is increasing the number of single fathers, without any resources being made available to them.

Proposal 35 : Respect the choice of those who decide to start a family through a common-law relationship.

Respect the choice of those who decide to start a family through a common-law relationship.

People who choose this type of relationship should be allowed to decide for themselves and bear the consequences on their future lives. We should not impose a single type of contract on everyone.

In the event that the Canadian Supreme Court rules in favour of Lola, Équipe Autonomiste will use the notwithstanding clause to exempt Québec from such a ruling and ensure that the current law on common-law couples remains unchanged.

Proposal 39 : Accelerate the process of recognition of foreign degrees.

Accelerate the process of recognition of foreign degrees.

Currently, a foreign physician must wait 5 years before being able to become an intern, whether French-speaking or not.

In practice, it is faster for an immigrant to redo his/her university program completely, for all subjects. Yet courses of very high quality exist at a number of universities in the world.

We believe that certain immigrants with degrees should only have to take a final exam to prove their competence.

Proposal 40 : Favour immigration from countries whose cultures are close to ours.

Favour immigration from countries whose cultures are close to ours instead of using only the criterion of the French language and be firmer in ensuring that newcomers respect our Western values of individual freedom.

Government and democracy

Proposal 42 : Stop giving severance pay to MNAs who resign without reasonable cause during their term of office.

Stop giving severance pay to MNAs who resign without reasonable cause during their term of office.

Proposal 43 : Hold general elections at fixed intervals.

Hold general elections at fixed intervals.

When a majority government comes to power, the next election will be held 5 years later.

Proposal 44 : Prohibit publishing of polls during the last week of the election campaign.

Prohibit publishing of polls during the last week of the election campaign.

The aim is to encourage people to inform themselves and vote for the candidate or party that best meets their expectations, instead of voting strategically. People must be given a chance to make up their minds because voting is a personal responsibility.

Health care

Proposal 26 : Assign management of medical files to medical secretaries.

Assign management of medical files to medical secretaries.

Hospital patient management requires constant follow-up of the patient’s condition. Managing the patient’s medical file takes each nurse much time and, according to some nurses, this job could be done by an attendant at each nursing desk. A medical secretary would cost less than a nurse and take less time to be trained.

With a lighter administrative workload, nurses would be able to provide patients with more care.

Proposal 27 : Require that physicians perform a minimum of work in the public system in exchange for the right to practise in the private system.

Require that physicians perform a minimum of work in the public system in exchange for the right to practise in the private system.

Currently, a physician has to withdraw from the public system and set up a private practice. To keep our physicians in the public system, we propose that they be offered a mixed public/private option.

Proposal 28 : Encourage construction of hospital centres for long-term care (CHLSD) to ease pressure on hospitals.

Encourage construction of hospital centres for long-term care (CHLSD) to ease pressure on hospitals.

A third of all Québec hospital beds is occupied by people waiting for a place in a CHLSD. Savings will be eventually made through fewer medical visits, through fewer exams of people who are now on wait lists, and through less overtime due to this excess work.

Proposal 29 : Add a stretcher stockroom in hospitals.

Add a stretcher stockroom, in hospitals, so that ambulance staff will no longer lose time waiting for a stretcher.

Proposal 30 : Standardize hospital work methods in order to make computerization easier.

Standardize hospital work methods in order to make computerization easier.

Each hospital has its own way of operating, thus making computerization of these processes very complex. Before continuing to computerize the health care system, all medical staff should standardize the examination process so that everyone uses the same method.

This should have been done before wasting $1.5 million on computerization of the health care system.

Proposal 32 : Review the system whereby the Department of Health and Social Services (MSSS) gives funding to community organizations.

Review the system whereby the Department of Health and Social Services (MSSS) gives funding to community organizations.

According to the auditor general of Québec (2008 report), the MSSS has increased grants to some community organizations without even looking into their financial status or their use of this funding, which is sometimes very limited. According to the report, certain organizations do not even bother to raise funds from the public. On the other hand, it is known that some organizations are seriously underfunded.

In 2007, the government distributed $400 million in funding to 3,400 organizations, whereas in 1973 there were 30 community organizations for $1 million in funding.

Justice and regulation

Proposal 54 : Review the operating costs of prisons and certain benefits given to prisoners.

Review the operating costs of prisons and certain benefits given to prisoners.

It seems unfair that some prisoners can enjoy material benefits that people who work at the minimum wage cannot afford without much effort. Prisoners should contribute to paying what they cost society.

Proposal 55 : Rigorously enforce the highway safety code among all users.

Rigorously enforce the highway safety code among all users.

Currently, too many bicyclists and pedestrians, as well as some drivers, break the laws without being stopped by the police. This phenomenon leads to animosity among highway users and is detrimental to highway safety.

Proposal 57 : Make it easier for police to deal with people who are mentally ill and potentially dangerous.

Make it easier for police to deal with people who are mentally ill and potentially dangerous.

The aim is to prevent tragedies that result from a patient unjustifiably discontinuing his or her medication or from a sudden turn for the worse in his or her condition. Currently, police officers cannot act until a crime has been committed or until a request for action from the immediate family has been made.

Proposal 58 : Create a 911 WEB and a cyber-crime squad under the responsibility of the Sureté du Québec.

Create a 911 WEB and a cyber-crime squad under the responsibility of the Sureté du Québec.

Through this site, the public could voluntarily and anonymously denounce or report the following types of electronic crimes: Cyber-pedophilia, electronic fraud, identity theft, Internet-based hate propaganda, fishing, spam, malware, etc.

People would be allowed, and even encouraged, to submit evidence, such as e-mail, pictures, links to sites, etc.

Proposal 59 : Create a certification for freelance accountants.

Create a certification for freelance accountants.

At present, when a freelance accountant has done work for a company and failed to send the government the appropriate sales taxes and deductions from his/her income, the Department of Revenue may prosecute the company for non-payment and force it into bankruptcy. From now on, such accountants will have to obtain certification from the Department of Revenue for the management of money owed to the Department of Revenue.

If a company does business with such an accountant, it will not be held accountable for non-payment of the amount owing.

Social policies

Proposal 52 : Review the mandate of Loto-Québec.

Review the mandate of Loto-Québec.

This publicly owned corporation should seek to fulfil the need of people to gamble, without trying to increase this need in the population. A responsible government cannot ask Loto-Québec to bring in more revenue at any price and claim at the same time that it wants to fight poverty. The less well off are truly assisted by being encouraged to feed themselves and their families before buying lottery tickets. To fight poverty, we should apply the following measures: withdraw all video-poker machines throughout Québec, except for the casinos. Stop the online lottery and the lotteries that target young people. Also, impose fines on young people who try to buy lottery tickets and are less than 18 years old. A self-reliant province needs self-reliant individuals. The reduction in Loto-Québec revenues should be considered part of the fight against poverty.

Yeas : 68%
Nays : 32%

Work

Proposal 47 : Require that unions make public their financial statements, which must be audited by a chartered accountant.

Require that unions make public their financial statements, which must be audited by a chartered accountant.

A union is here considered to be a group of workers within a business and not a group of union leaders. The workers own their union and must have access to the financial statements.

Proposal 48 : Reduce the number of construction competency cards.

Reduce the number of construction competency cards.

The aim is to ensure that the same person can build a wall, lay the gypsum board, treat the joints, and do the painting. In Ontario, there are only 6 construction trades. Québec will adjust its rules to those of its Canadian neighbour.

Proposal 49 : Adjust the basic personal credit above which an individual pays taxes on the number of hours worked.

Adjust the basic personal credit above which an individual pays taxes on the number of hours worked.

Currently, this credit is set at 2,000 hours of work. From now on, if a worker does more than 2,000 hours of work per year, he or she may increase this basic personal credit in proportion to the amount of overtime he or she has done.

Proposal 50 : Add ‘Men’ to the five designated groups in the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.

Add ‘Men’ to the five designated groups in the Act respecting Equal Access to Employment in Public Bodies.

Men were not included as a group in this anti-discrimination act because they were not being discriminated against when it was passed (men were in the majority everywhere). Because men are not a designated group under the Act, we cannot verify whether they are underrepresented or compare their numbers with the numbers of male candidates available, yet in reality men are now a minority in several employment categories.

This Act therefore contains a flaw that leads to discrimination whereas it should prevent discrimination. Men are discriminated against because they are absent from the Act.

Proposals voted

The proposals which follow were officially accepted to be part of the official program of the party.

Agriculture

Proposal 61 : Require stores to provide labelling that shows where meat comes from.

Require stores to provide labelling that shows where meat comes from.

The aim is to give consumers a chance to be able to choose meat produced in Québec, according to their special requirements. This measure will encourage local farmers and help them become more cost-effective and less dependent on subsidies.

Yeas : 72%
Nays : 28%

Economy and public finances

Reduce spending

Proposal 1 : Do away with the Generations Fund and use this money to pay down the provincial debt.

Do away with the Generations Fund and use this money to pay down the provincial debt.

This Fund was created in the hope of achieving an annual yield of at least 6.3%. This yield has not been achieved by the Caisse de dépôt and it is unlikely that this target will ever be reached. It is therefore preferable to reduce the debt directly and thus eliminate the costs of administering the fund.

Yeas : 88%
Nays : 12%

Proposal 2 : Do away with the provincial tax credit for union dues.

Abolition du crédit pour cotisations syndicales, professionnelles ou autres.

• Les sommes d’argent économisé seront remises aux contribuables sous forme de baisse d’impôts.

• Les indemnités versées par un fonds de grève demeureront non imposables.

Explications : Choisir de travailler pour une entreprise dans laquelle les travailleurs doivent être syndiqués est une décision individuelle et le poids financier de ce choix revient entièrement à l’individu. La population entière n’a pas à payer pour ce service qui profite seulement aux syndiqués. L’abolition de ce crédit d’impôt permettrait à l’État d’économiser 200 millions $ par an.

Le crédit d’impôt pour cotisations professionnelles a été créé car cette dépense obligatoire est considérée comme essentielle pour gagner un revenu. Toutefois, un ordre professionnel permet à un individu d’exercer une profession en limitant la concurrence. Il contrôle, d’une certaine façon, l’offre. Cette situation crée une pression positive sur les salaires et sur les autres avantages qui compensent amplement le coût de la cotisation.

Pour : 73%
Contre : 27%

Proposal 7 : Encourage use of open-source software in the civil service.

Proposal 7 : Encourage use of open-source software in the civil service.

Computer-related expenses of the civil service are very high because of licensing costs for commercial products. We could reduce these costs by using open-source software and by delegating software change management to in-house users, as is already being done in other countries.

Yeas : 84%
Nays : 16%

Stimulating the economy

Proposal 10 : Gradually reduce business subsidies while lowering corporate tax rates.

Réduire graduellement les subventions aux entreprises et diminuer leur taux d’imposition. Des études ont montré qu’une réduction d’impôts de toutes les entreprises est plus juste et plus stimulante pour la création d’emplois que des programmes de subventions qui profitent seulement à quelques grosses entreprises. Pour : 84% Contre : 16%

Education

Proposal 15 : Increase the students’ financial contribution to the cost of university to a maximum of 30%.

Libéraliser les droits de scolarité à l’université.

Permettre à chaque université de déterminer le montant des droits de scolarité pour chaque programme.

Les universités auront l’obligation de redistribuer sous forme de bourses 25 % de toute hausse des droits de scolarité. Ces bourses seront attribuées selon les performances académiques et/ou selon le revenu disponible de l’étudiant.

Indexer annuellement le financement des universités avec l’Indice des prix à la consommation (IPC).

Pour : 64%
Contre : 27%
Abstention : 9%

Proposal 21 : Relieve teachers of some disciplinary responsibilities by transferring these responsibilities to the school principal.

Relieve teachers of some disciplinary responsibilities by transferring these responsibilities to the school principal.

Teachers should be able to teach in the best educational setting possible without having to spend too much energy on enforcing discipline. For example, an unruly student could be kept isolated in a room under surveillance and would work alone for the duration of the punishment.

Yeas : 52%
Nays : 48%

Proposal 22 : Encourage private schools, by indexing their funding to the rate of inflation.

Encourage private schools, by indexing their funding to the rate of inflation.

Currently, the government gives them only 60% of the amount given to school boards. The selection of students by private schools is like the creation of enriched classes. Private schools save the government substantial sums of money with their lower dropout rates. In addition, this option is appreciated by many parents.

Yeas : 84%
Nays : 16%

Environment

Proposal 60 : Increase the money given for return of cans to $0.20 and for return of beer bottles to $0.40 and do away with advertising for can and bottle returns.

Increase the money given for return of cans to $0.20 and for return of beer bottles to $0.40 and do away with advertising for can and bottle returns.

The government pays for advertising to increase the proportion of can and bottle returns because too few people bother. The monetary return was set at $0.05 in 1978 (1978 provincial budget). With inflation, it should now be $0.17 in 2012.  An adjustment of $0.20 seems reasonable. The $0.10 increase voted by the Liberals in 2012 is a step in the right direction but still too modest.

We should stop wasting taxpayers’ money on advertising to encourage return of containers and instead rely on a direct monetary incentive that is more effective at getting people to think twice. In addition, if some people still continue to throw away returnable containers right and left, the higher monetary return will encourage other people to pick them up.

Yeas : 72%
Nays : 28%

Family, culture, and immigration

Proposal 36 : Ask the federal government to amend the Divorce Act to include the principle of presumption of shared child custody.

Ask the federal government to amend the Divorce Act to include the principle of presumption of shared child custody (former bill C-422).

This amendment will ensure that in the event of divorce the rights and responsibilities of both parents will be equal unless it is clearly shown that shared custody is not in the children’s best interests.

Yeas : 92%
Nays : 8%

Proposal 37 : Simplify the procedure for recovery of alimony security deposits.

Simplify the procedure for recovery of alimony security deposits.

Currently, those who opt out of automatic garnishment for alimony payment must leave a security deposit. Once the children have reached maturity, the cost of recovering the deposit is higher than its value. A simple declaration by each of the two ex-spouses to the effect that alimony no longer has to be paid would suffice to allow reimbursement of the deposit.

Yeas : 88%
Nays : 12%

Proposal 38 : Recognize the limits of multiculturalism.

Recognize the limits of multiculturalism and affirm our identity in the face of exaggerated demands made in the name of personal convictions (“reasonable” accommodations) that encroach on our individual freedoms.

Québec is a society where individual freedom is a basic value. We can have practices that correspond to our values and personal convictions, on the following conditions: the practice must comply with established laws; it must not interfere with the freedoms of other citizens; no one must force others to comply with it.

Yeas : 72%
Nays : 28%

Government and democracy

Proposal 41 : Give the auditor general of Québec the same powers as a commission of enquiry to investigate spending by the government, by publicly owned corporations, and by parapublic organizations.

Give the auditor general of Québec the same powers as a commission of enquiry to investigate spending by the government, by publicly owned corporations, and by parapublic organizations.

Instead of creating commissions of enquiry, ethics committees, etc., it is proposed that the auditor general of Québec be given powers to investigate and prosecute, and not only to make recommendations. An investigation unit, like the permanent anti-corruption unit, would be integrated into the auditor general’s office.

Yeas : 100%
Nays : 0%

Health care

Proposal 31 : Do away with hospital-specific admission cards.

Do away with hospital-specific admission cards.

Each hospital will be able to open a file by using the number on the patient’s health insurance card, which is unique to that person.

Yeas : 84%
Nays : 16%

Justice and regulation

Proposal 53 : Amend the SAAQ "No-Fault" system.

Amend the SAAQ "No-Fault" system to cancel benefits to drivers who get into accidents while impaired or while driving recklessly.

Yeas : 92%
Nays : 8%

Proposal 56 : Make 16- and 17-year-olds pay the full rate for traffic violations.

Make 16- and 17-year-olds pay the full rate for traffic violations.

Currently, they pay only a maximum of $125. For example, if exceeding the speed limit costs an adult $900, it costs a minor only $125. This measure would make teenagers more responsible for their actions, as well as the parents who signed so that they could drive.

Yeas : 100%
Nays : 0%

Proposal 63: Équipe autonomiste is opposed to the creation of a long-gun registry in Quebec.

Équipe autonomiste s’oppose à la création d’un registre des armes d’épaule au Québec. Au Canada, les règles pour posséder ou acheter des armes de chasse sont strictes et la GRC a tous les fichiers des gens qui ont ce type d’autorisation. De plus, il faut montrer cette autorisation pour acheter des munitions. Ces règles demeurent en place ainsi et le fichier d’informations sur les gens qui ont l’autorisation de posséder des armes demeura accessible, même sans le registre québécois. Une bonne proportion de la population ne comprend pas la différence entre les armes d’épaule (à long canon et conçues pour la chasse) et les fusils d’assaut ou les révolvers et autres armes à autorisation restreintes ou prohibées. Les policiers du Québec sont ceux qui consultent le moins, le registre au Canada selon les données de l’automne 2012. Il n’y a aucune étude qui démontre un lien prouvant que le registre soit vraiment utile pour sauver des vies. Le déclin des homicides par armes à feu était déjà bien commencé avant l’arrivée du registre selon Statistique Canada. Pour: 100% Contre: 0%

Social policies

Proposal 51 : Divide welfare into two categories: those who are able to work and those who are not.

Divide welfare into two categories: those who are able to work and those who are not.

The ‘disabled’ will receive a ‘disability benefit’ that will enable them to live suitably. The ‘able-bodied’ will have to show that they are truly looking for work or are seriously taking a training course to become employable in order to remain eligible for assistance. They will not be entitled to the same privileges as the disabled. It is wrong that able-bodied welfare recipients should enjoy free services that cannot be afforded by people who work full-time at the minimum wage. In addition, the regular amount of assistance will be time-limited. After a certain period, assistance will be reduced to a minimum subsistence level.

Yeas : 84%
Nays : 16%

Work

Proposal 45 : Review the labour code and the application of the Rand formula to unions.

Revoir le code du travail et l’application de la formule Rand pour les syndicats. Actuellement les syndicats agissent comme des entreprises privées car ils ne dévoilent pas leurs états financiers et utilisent les revenus de cotisations à toutes sortes de fins autres que les relations de travail sans demander l’avis à leurs membres. Par contre, ces mêmes syndicats bénéficient de nombreux avantages fiscaux et d’un pouvoir de « taxation obligatoire », la formule Rand, qui fait en sorte que leur mode de financement ressemble à celui de l’État. Pour éliminer cette incohérence qui leurs donnent des pouvoirs excessifs, les syndicats devraient être tenus de choisir entre, abandonner la formule Rand et autres privilèges pour continuer à agir comme ils le font, ou se conformer aux exigences de transparence comme les organismes publiques.

  • Note : La formule Rand oblige tous les employés d’une entreprise à payer une cotisation au syndicat en place même si l’employé refuse d’adhérer au syndicat. (Référence : Fortin et al. 2011. Le financement et la transparence des syndicats, IEDM)

Pour : 92% Contre : 8%

Proposal 46 : Require that union members hold secret votes.

Exiger que les syndiqués tiennent un vote secret pour l'accréditation à un syndicat, pour le renouvellement de cette accréditation, pour un vote de grève et pour un vote de retour au travail. Pour : 96% Contre : 4%