Media Advisory - Small business betrayed by WSIB legislation on mandatory coverage

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Minister of Labour Peter Fonseca, yesterday
introduced the WSIB mandatory coverage legislation in the Ontario Legislature.
Today it will be pushed into second reading.
    CFIB Ontario vice-president Judith Andrew calls this legislation
seriously misguided. "This will not accomplish anything that the minister
suggests. It will not level the playing field. This legislation will not make
one iota of difference on health and safety. Worse, it will penalize the good
guys, the above ground operators, who will be called upon to further subsidize
the cheats by on average $11,000 per year."
    Andrew accuses the minister of succumbing to political opportunism in
lieu of discharging his responsibilities for good public policy. Andrew added
this is a shame for Ontario and shame on him.
    Judith Andrew will be available for comment before, during and after
today's sitting of the Legislature, Ontario Legislative Building, second floor
scrum area. The reading begins at approximately 3:00 p.m.

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For further information: To arrange an interview, contact Gisele Lumsden
or Meghan Carrington at (416) 222-8022

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