Government backs down on safety bill

Year Published:  1989  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX3670

Abstract:  The Ontario government is backing away from legislation which would let workers shut down work places they consider unsafe. "We had a breakdown in communication", said Industry and Trade Minister Monte Kwinter. "We were led to believe that there had been consultation [with business] and that they were onside." Business groups have been lobbying fiercely against the proposed bill, and the government has now indicated that key provisions will be changed or watered down. Most labour unions have been supporting the bill.
Ross Dunsmore, chairman of the Metro Toronto Board of Trade labour relations committee, said that free trade makes it necessary to weaken the legislation. "We have to compare the cost of doing business here with Buffalo or Georgia... The more impositions the government makes... the more it will cost and more companies will be pushed to the United States."

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