The Ontario College of Trades is about as democratic as the Republic of North Korea. It needs to stop congratulating itself about how it's all about the trades being "self-regulated." No contractor ever voted for any policy decision from the Ontario College of Trades, except for the handful that have been selected by their (mostly union) friends and (public sector) cronies for plum board or committee jobs. The self-regulation stuff is nothing but BS.
July 18, 2014 by Steve Payne
Licensed plumber Garfield Dunlop, an Ontario MPP who has fought long and hard against what he calls the “boondoggle” that is the Ontario College of Trades, believes the College is involved in (yet another) conflict of interest. He believes that the Liberals’ minister in charge of the College, Reza Moridi, is about to appoint a lawyer who has done more than 60 separate legal assignments for the electricians’ union in the past 20 years to “advise” on the future of the College. Here’s the exact question he asked Reza Moridi, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, on Wednesday, during Question Period at Queen’s Park…
“Bernie Fishbein worked as an advocate for the electricians union representing them in over 60 separate legal cases in the past 20 years. In spite of the obvious conflict of interest, your College of Trades saw fit to appoint him as chair of the electricians (journeyman-apprentice) ratio review panel, where he recommended the ratio proposed by the union who employed him for 20 years. Minister, it is unbelievable that you have accepted this conflict of interest and done nothing about it. Yesterday, the minister told the house, that he was going to appoint an advisor to review the boondoggle at the College of Trades. Mr Speaker, in spite of his clear conflict of interest… Mr. Fishbein is apparently being considered to review the College of Trades. Minister, will you be appointing Bernie Fishbein, the paid advocate of the electricians union to be your advisor on the planned review of the Ontario College of Trades?”
Editor’s Note: Reza Moridi’s answer was to, predictably and appallingly, utterly ignore the specific question about conflict of interest as if it had never been asked, and waffle pompously about what a great job the College is doing, and how it is “promoting” the trades, and how the trades needed to be “self-regulating.” (Note: the Ontario College of Trades is “self-regulated” by the tradespeople on the jobsite in the same way that Kim Jong-un is “self-regulated” by the people of North Korea. Maybe the College could “promote the trades” by having their next board meeting in Pyongyang. As Mr. Moridi will know, the College’s entire board and administration and its CEO were all APPOINTED and there is ABSOLUTELY ZERO democracy or representation of the tradespeople in their workplaces actually going on at the OCOT – unlike the structures of the other “professional” colleges (teachers, doctors, and all the other “professionals”) that the College likes to arrogantly compare itself to.