MPP Wayne Gates demands province resume enforcement of trades certifications
“By choosing not to invest in enforcing certifications, the government is devaluing the work of skilled tradespeople, undermining consumer confidence.” – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates
A News Release from the Constituence Office of Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates
Posted July 23rd, 2021 on Niagara At Large
A Foreword Note from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large
I was not aware of this until a good reader of our news site sent me a CBC story a few days ago. But reportedly, Ontario’s ‘get-back-the-province-back-to-business-at-almost-any-cost’ Ford Government, decided three years ago, shortly after it was sworn into power, to let just about anyone who thinks they know what they are doing to tinker around with your home.
In other words, if you need the electrical wiring repaired or replace in your home, or you need plumbing done (just to mention a few examples), why have a fully trained, certified trades person do it when you can hire an uncertified freelancer for a cheaper price.
Is that what Doug Ford and his Conservatives mean when they boast about growing business in Ontario and putting more people back to work.
Yet when you have a Premier in Ford who quit college half way through his first year, and went on to occupy Ontario’s highest political office, why do you need a certified electrician?
It makes one wonder, though, what might happen if you have one of these uncertified freelancers rewire you home and – worst case scenario – who later have an electrical fire that damages or destroys your home.
What if your insurance company asks to know who did the electrical work? And if they find out the electrician did not have proper certification, will they still cover the cost of damages to your home? Who knows?
Maybe we should go ask a member of the business community or one of the Chambers of Commerce who seem to love this Homer Simpson of a premier so much for cutting through all of those nasty rules and regulations, and keeping the minimum wage down at poverty levels so that they can add to their loot.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
Now here is the news release from Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates –
NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario – Following the revelation by CBC News (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-skilled-trades-enforcement-doug-ford-college-1.6109825) that the Ford government stopped enforcing certification in the skilled trades in 2018, MPP Wayne Gates has written a letter to the Minister of Labour (https://mcusercontent.com/353019c4e982ae7eb8ea53150/files/16aae0dc-5f7a-a514-9760-2ef3564b0f3a/2021_07_23_MPP_Gates_Letter_to_McNaughton_re_Trade_certification_enforcement.pdf) demanding that enforcement resume immediately.
By choosing not to invest in enforcing certifications, the government is devaluing the work of skilled tradespeople, undermining consumer confidence and putting Ontario’s workers in harm’s way.
In case you missed the link , embedded in the MPP’s news release, for the CBC story on this issue, click on – (https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-skilled-trades-enforcement-doug-ford-college-1.6109825) .
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