Liberals force local businesses and organizations out of Bill 148 consultations

July 7, 2017

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell drew the public’s attention today to the flawed process used to select locations and presenters for public consultations on Bill 148 by the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, which implements major reforms in labour legislation.


“The Liberals, using their majority on the Committee, rejected the PC Caucus’ calls for more consultations in more cities across Ontario, which could and should have included Cornwall. Moreover, they took the unprecedented step of allotting presenters’ slots on a first-come, first-served basis, rather than the more conventional method of allowing caucuses to rank their preferred presenters to give all stakeholders a fair chance. With their close friends on standby at the phone, they ensured the most prominent sessions would be filled up before anyone had a chance to register. The result: the Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is being told to present at sessions in locations more than 5 hours’ drive away. This makes no sense, especially when sessions are being held in Kingston and Ottawa and other stakeholders with a national or province-wide presence could be easily accommodated elsewhere. This tactic is designed to suppress local input from advocates who the Government know will provide valuable, critical and meaningful input into labour reform, rather than blanket praise for the government’s policies. This Government needs to actually listen to the needs of the people of Ontario.”