Premier ignores labour board ruling against Waterloo Region

QUEEN’S PARK — After voting against the Fair and Open Tendering Act last year, Kathleen Wynne and her Liberal government refuse to take action to prevent thousands of unionized and non-unionized tradespeople in Waterloo Region from losing their right to bid and work on taxpayer-funded infrastructure projects, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.

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Labour board rules against Region in Carpenters’ Union case

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris renewed his call to end closed tendering in Ontario after the labour board rejected the Region of Waterloo’s appeal to quash a certification application filed by the Carpenters’ Union, which, if successful, will lead to a construction monopoly over regional infrastructure projects.

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Liberals, NDP reject restoring fairness with vote against Bill 73

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, the Liberals and the NDP joined forces to advance their own partisan agendas at the expense of Ontario municipalities, local contractors and taxpayers throughout the province by voting against Bill 73, the Fair and Open Tendering Act, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said.

“I am saddened and deeply disappointed to see that the Liberals and the NDP have taken a stand against taxpayers with their unreasonable opposition to the fair and well-researched proposal I put forward,” Harris said. “Because neither of these parties had any substantive arguments to use against Bill 73, they resorted to fear-mongering and a deliberate campaign of misinformation.” Continue reading

Harris calls on Liberals, NDP to support Fair and Open Tendering Act

QUEEN’S PARK — Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris called on the Liberals and the NDP to put aside partisan politics and act in the interests of Ontario municipalities, contractors and taxpayers by voting in favour of Bill 73, the Fair and Open Tendering Act, this afternoon.

“I hope the Liberals and the NDP can agree that the province should no longer stand by while municipalities are forced to fund labour monopolies that prevent thousands of qualified contractors from bidding on public-infrastructure work,” Harris said. Continue reading