Last week, we ran a video of licensed plumber and Ontario MPP Garfield Dunlop – the PCs skilled trades critic – asking a question during Question Period at the Ontario Legislature of Reza Moridi, the pompous and apparently selectively-deaf (since he ignored most of the question) Minister of Trades and Apprenticeships. Garfield asked about Bernie Fishbein, legal counsel to electricians union for years, who was, conveniently, put on the three-person review panel at the Ontario College of Trades to cast what could well have been the deciding vote on electrician apprentices-journeymen ratios. (He voted as the union would have wanted, to further restrict apprentices. Shocked, aren’t you?) How did this conflict of interest occur, Garfield asked, and, secondly, why is Fishbein rumoured to be in for a special government paid consulting job “reviewing” the Ontario College of Trades? Again, Moridi showed no respect to the questioner by ignoring the legitimate query – and by extension raised an elegant, probably manicured middle finger to ALL those who think, as Alec Caldwell does, in this post, that the Ontario College of Trades is a dictatorship..
Alec is president of CARAHS, the Canadian Association or Renovators and Home Services.
What do we expect from the Ontario Liberal minister in charge of the OCOT, Reza Moridi, as he chose to ignore the question on the floor asked of him about the latest conflict of interest at OCOT (Ontario College of Trades)?
Editor Steve Payne is right when he describes “democracy” inside OCOT being of the same quality as the rule of North Korean demagogue Kim Jong Un, listening to his destitute people in North Korea.
Ontario tradespeople are forced to pay fees into OCOT and yet they have no voice or representation. OCOT direction comes from within and they are called unions.
The day the Liberals, the carpenters union and the OCOT unleash their nuclear bomb on the Ontario renovation industry and the general construction industry, by mandating that anyone doing carpentry, drywalling, etc., will start the decline of the independent, self-employed, non-union home renovation industry in Ontario.
Total extinction of this type of contractor may take time, but when the penny finally drops, homeowners will only realize then, too late, that they’ve been duped and now it takes around 7 unionized workers to renovate their bathroom and at huge cost.
The fuse is set, the Liberals have been re-elected, and the OCOT is all set to expand its tentacles of hiring more bureaucrats, increase the sizes of their University Ave office, increase their incomes, put in place great pensions, add an amazing health care plan and line their pockets with golden nuggets.
Kim Jung Un democracy is now here in Ontario under the banner called OCOT. What a charade of smoke and mirrors!