Media Advisory - CFIB meeting with Ontario Labour Minister over contentious construction legislation

    TORONTO, Jan. 13 /CNW/ - Senior representatives of the Canadian
Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), will be attending a meeting today
with Ontario's Minister of Labour Peter Fonseca at the request of the
Premier's office on the contentious labour legislation (Bill 119) affecting
small construction firms.
    "While we are skeptical this meeting will do anything for the small
business sector, we are willing to hear what the minister has to say," said
CFIB's Ontario vice president Judith Andrew.
    "At a time when the Ontario economy is hurting, we are prepared to work
towards balanced legislation that will spare the majority of law-abiding
businesses from an average $11,000 a year tax bill," added CFIB director of
provincial affairs, Satinder Chera.
    Andrew said there has been an uproar of disapproval and concern expressed
by CFIB members in the construction sector, and growing skepticism as to how
serious Fonseca is about making significant changes to Bill 119.
    Our position hasn't changed at all since the Bill was introduced, said
Andrew, as it was bad legislation then and the state of the economy makes it
even worse now.

For further information:

For further information: To arrange an interview with Judith Andrew or
Satinder Chera, call Gisele Lumsden or Adam Miller at (416) 222-8022

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