Queens Park – Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris used the first day back at the Legislature to call for government’s recently announced labour review to include open-tendering.
Harris wrote a letter to Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, shortly before issuing a statement in the House today asking that the Minister use the review opportunity to, “finally close the legislative loophole that allows a labour monopoly to command local infrastructure tendering.”
October 2, 2014
Mr. Ken Seiling
1st Floor, 150 Frederick Street
I wanted follow up with you in the wake of the developments and decisions by the Ontario Labour Board deeming the Region a “construction employer”, validating the certification by the Carpenters Union and ensuring closed tendering for local infrastructure.
First allow me applaud the Region’s challenge, and appeal to the Ontario Labour Relations Board in an attempt to both protect taxpayers and maintain a fair and open tendering process for local infrastructure projects.
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
KITCHENER — Yesterday, Waterloo Region’s finance committee took a bold stand to stop a monopoly on regional construction contracts by endorsing Bill 73, the Fair and Open Tendering Act, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today. The committee’s endorsement will be considered by Council on Sept. 18. Continue reading
KITCHENER — This week, Kitchener Council took a bold stand to support restoring fairness to the city’s tendering process for masonry contracts by endorsing Bill 73, the Fair and Open Tendering Act, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today. Continue reading
Please click on the Icon below to see the Association of Municipalities of Ontario’s endorsement of Bill 73 – The Fair and Open Tendering Act.
SAULT STE. MARIE — Ontario’s labour laws should be amended to ensure that qualified contractors in Sault Ste. Marie are no longer denied their right to work on taxpayer-funded infrastructure, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today.
THOROLD — Without making important legislative changes, taxpayers in Niagara Region could face higher taxes to pay for local infrastructure projects, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris said today. Continue reading