Monthly Archives: November 2013

Making workers pay, time to stop the madness!

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The trend of the Ontario Liberal Government making the others pay for their mistakes has to end.  There have been protests and demands that the Government repeal their Bill 119, asking Independent Contractors, Sole Proprietors and even some company Executives Pay for insurance. Driving the cost of doing business up in Ontario is NOT going to bring us out of the economic doldrums that been infecting this province.

In my previous post “College of Raids” I talked about the Liberals costing workers in Ontario with unfair work requirements and unneeded additional fees and more layers of governance. 

At the present time the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party is the only Political Party in Queen’s Park that is standing beside the workers of Ontario to repeal Bill 119.  The ‘Labour’ Party of Ontario – the NDP – supported this increase to workers and businesses. As the present time, we have Bill 17 tabled Ontario PC MPP Randy Hillier (Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington) to allow workers to purchase alternative insurance and repeal the WSIB Bill 119. The Bill currently sits at Committee after passing first reading in 9 months ago.  Will the bill die or live to see another day?  Only you can affect the status of Bill 17, contact your MPP.  In Ottawa Centre, Yasir Naqvi needs to take this Bill seriously, as Minister of Labour, he NEEDS to see the effects his government is having on the labour force in Ontario. 

I am happy to see that Ontario Contractor and Small Business owners have come together and formed the OCSBA (www.ocsba.ca), an association that together will have a collective voice for open/non-union contractors and businesses.  With the Ontario PC Party, the OCSBA can make the message loud and clear – what we have now is NOT working! With the OCSBA, help me spread this message in Ottawa Centre and bring sensibility to how we treat ALL workers and families in Ontario!

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College of Raids

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This past week it was reported that a Barber has had his shop shut down because he doesn’t know about foils, colours and the latest in hair styles even though none of his clients ask for these treatments.

Read the story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/ontario-barbers-forced-to-learn-women-s-styling-techniques-1.2326264

The low down is that the College of Trades knows there is an inequity in this sector but is unprepared to allow this to slide until a study that is to take up to two years is completed.  Until then – if an inspector comes in and there is no licence, there will be a fine (tax), not once but potentially twice and eventually a shut down order.  These shut downs are going to be costly as many Barbers are self employed and also hire out chairs in their shops to others.

The College of Raids is nothing but a Liberal idea that does nothing but increases the cost of owning a business and load more red tape to business owners in this province.  No one can say why it was even created, It’s just duplicated services that were currently in existence in Ontario.

The Ontario PC’s have been clear that the College of Trade would be on the line to be abolished and the tax it was created to collect would disappear.  The College of Raids is another tax disguised as a ‘positive revenue generator’.  The PC Critic for Trades and Apprenticeship, Garth Dunlop (MPP Simcoe North) has toured the Province and is a vocal critic of the `College`.  While the `College` of Trades is not at the same level as the Green Energy Program when it comes to increased costs of business, it is another example of a misguided program from a misguided government that is costing Ontarians, only this time it is costing jobs and a livelihood.

While the story of these Ontario Barbers is only one to be heard at the present time, what other `trades` are going to be at the mercy of Ontario`s Trade Raiders?

I can be found Twitter @robertdekker, on Facebook at http://tiny.cc/n5l97 and at www.robertdekker.ca.  Please follow me and send me your thoughts on this and other posts to rob@robertdekker.ca.