Premier Doug Ford is at it again and you and I have to stand up to him.
After repealing legislation aimed at improving working conditions for everyone across the province, on the very last day that the Ontario legislature sat before the holidays, the Ford government introduced Bill 66, the “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act.”
This sweeping omnibus bill weakens – and even cuts – dozens of regulations that have been protecting our environment, drinking water, workers’ rights and more for decades.
We need to act quickly since there are only a few days left in the public comment period for Bill 66. Will you send an email now to say “no” to these damaging legislative changes?
The most dangerous aspect of Bill 66 is that it will allow municipalities to bypass critical environmental regulations as long as at least 50 new jobs are created. This will effectively gut the most important environmental protections in the province including:
• the Greenbelt Act
• the Clean Water Act
• the Great Lakes Protection Act
• the Lake Simcoe Act
• the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act
Lives will certainly be at risk if Bill 66 passes. The Clean Water Act was created in answer to the Walkerton tragedy, which was a result of the last PC government cutting “red tape.” The contamination of drinking water sickened more than 2,000 people and resulted in six deaths.
Bill 66 is payback for the big developers that contributed financially to get Ford elected. Developers already have tremendous influence over municipal governments – much more than they have at the provincial and federal levels. Under Bill 66, they will be able to meet secretly with municipalities in order to develop lands that are currently considered critical for water protection or agricultural production. Giving them this loophole will make it impossible for communities to even know what is happening before it is a “done deal.”
Bill 66 will also hurt workers – even more than the Ford government already has.
It will result in:
• Employees working significant amounts of overtime without overtime pay.
• Lower wages for unionized construction workers in many sectors of the economy.
• Daycares with more children and fewer staff to look after them.
• Less qualified caregivers in public school and daycare after hours care.
• Less protection from dishonest business practices by wireless companies.
• Long term care facilities being operated by corporations without experience and with even less oversight.
Bill 66 is not about creating good jobs. It is about rewarding Ford’s big business cronies.
You and I have to stop Ford from stripping away the rules that were created to protect us.
Submit your comment before the clock runs out on January 20. Please share this with your friends and family members – we all need to speak out to stop Bill 66!
Thank you for taking action.
Mark and Rachel
Ontario-Quebec-Nunavut regional organizing team