Ontario New Democrats Introduce Two Bills In Memory Of Niagara Political Icon Peter Kormos

‘Peter Kormos was known around Ontario as a champion for working class people.’

A News Release from Sudbary, Ontario area MPP and NDP health critic France Gélinas

Posted March 30th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

Peter Kormos, a long-time political representative in Niagara and champion for everyday people across Ontario, passed away five years ago this spring at age 60. His fighting spirit is sorely missed now.

Queen’s Park, Toronto — This March 29th, MPP France Gélinas introduced the Peter Kormos Memorial Act (Trillium Gift of Life Network Amendment) and An Act to amend the Labour Relations Act, 1995 to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Kormos’ passing.

An ardent supporter of organ donation, Kormos made many speeches and introduced numerous pieces of legislation to expand organ collection in Ontario. The Peter Kormos Memorial Act (Trillium Gift of Life Network Amendment) would amend the Trillium Gift of Life Network Act to have people opt out of organ donation rather than opt in.

If a person, or their representative, objects to any organ donation, no donation will take place.

Kormos famously stated, “To date, it was considered an exceptional act to donate an organ. I put to you that it’s time in Ontario for it to be considered an exceptional act to deny an organ where it could save a life or extend a life.”

The second piece of legislation, an Act to amend the Labour Relations Act, 1995 would prohibit the use of replacement workers during a strike or lockout, except in the case of emergencies.

Kormos was known around Ontario as a champion for working class people. Replacement workers, sometimes called scab labour, undermine the collective bargaining rights of workers and lead to longer and more drawn out labour disputes. Kormos introduced the bill numerous times.

Peter Kormos, who was the MPP for Welland, passed away at his Welland home on March 30, 2013. He was 60 years old.

The following is a Tribute to Peter Kormos that Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper  posted on this site in 2010, around the time  he was leaving provincial politics due to illness. Peter Kormos liked this tribute so much that he asked and received permission to publish it in his last newsletter to his Niagara area constituents –

Niagara, Ontario’s Peter Kormos – A Rebel With A Cause

 By Doug Draper

“A working class hero is something to be.” – a lyric by John Lennon

“I don’t change my values the way some people change their socks.” – Peter Kormos

In the dimly lit banquet room of Club Social on Welland’s gritty east side, a raucous chant of “Peter, Peter, Peter” rolls up from the floor. It is the night of the October, 2003 provincial election and, to no one’s surprise, the numbers on a nearby tote board show Peter Kormos leading his nearest challenger by a margin of two to one.

Peter Kormos being dragged away by police at a 1960s protest for public access to our lakeshores at Sherkston Beach on Lake Erie. Photo courtesy of the Kormos constituency office and Joyce Holman, Florida.

Kormos, in this election, is one of only seven New Democratic Party candidates across Ontario to survive what some political pundits are describing as a “catastrophic night” for the NDP – leaving it one seat short of the number it needs to hold on to official party status. But there is no hint of catastrophe at Club Social on this night.

For a fifth straight election since 1988, when he replaced the retiring NDP stalwart Mel Swart in what was then the old riding of Welland-Thorold, this reputed ‘bad boy of Queen’s Park’, who many in this room regard as a working class hero, will be going back to the provincial legislature to, as many of them are proud to say it, ‘give em heck’ again. Wearing his dress shirt unbuttoned at the neck and his trademark cowboy boots, Kormos finally takes the stage and the chant of “Peter, Peter, Peter” breaks into cheers.

To read the entire Tribute feature Niagara At Large journalist Doug Draper prepared and posted on NAL around the time  Peter Kormos retired from provincial politics in 2010, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2010/11/30/niagara-ontario%E2%80%99s-peter-kormos-%E2%80%93-a-rebel-with-a-cause/

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One response to “Ontario New Democrats Introduce Two Bills In Memory Of Niagara Political Icon Peter Kormos

  1. The organ donation idea is disrespectful. The life I am is mine, not Peter’s.
    Nor does it belong to a government.
    I support organ donation but not under this scheme. This bill has already been rejected during Peter’s day I think.
    Why does this NDP party keep shooting itself in the head?


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