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Liberals must listen to public on labour legislation, Pettapiece says

July 20, 2017

(Perth-Wellington) – For Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece, it is turning out to be a busy summer.

Earlier today, he participated in a public meeting of the all-party Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. The committee is studying the Liberal government’s Bill 148, which would make drastic changes to Ontario’s employment and labour laws – including an increase of the minimum wage to $15 per hour by January 2019.

Pettapiece used the committee meeting, held in Hamilton, to express some of his constituents’ views.

“Small businesses in Perth-Wellington are raising red flags about Bill 148,” he said. “Some are warning they could be forced to reduce work hours, lay off employees, and possibly even close their businesses altogether.”

As PC Caucus critic for Community and Social Services, Pettapiece has also heard from the leadership of social service agencies that serve our province’s most vulnerable populations. Many of these agencies have not seen a base funding increase in nine years. At committee, the MPP raised examples of affected local agencies that will be facing huge new costs.

“I have met with several non-profit leaders about Bill 148 and they are extremely worried about being able to sustain services,” Pettapiece noted after the meeting. “People with disabilities and other vulnerable groups rely on these agencies. It seems the government hasn’t even thought about them.”

Pettapiece also emphasized that Bill 148 will put added strain on Ontario families and business owners, who are already facing among the highest hydro rates in North America.

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