Editor’s Note: Canadian Contractor recorded this video at a press conference by Ontario PC leader and PC skilled trades critic Garfield Dunlop (a licensed plumber) on April 8th. That day marked the one year anniversary of the Ontario College of Trades beginning its “enforcement” activities against non-OCOT-member contractors.
Now that Ontario election is underway, we thought it would be good for our readers to see and hear, first hand, the PC commitment to abolish the Ontario College of Trades and a brief explanation of why the PCs want to do that.
“The (Ontario) College of Trades is a brand new bureaucracy that is standing in the way of jobs and opportunities – and that’s why it needs to go,” Hudak says here. “It’s unfortunate that (Ontario Liberal premier) Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horvath of the NDP are standing with the special interests and preventing young people from getting into jobs. My million jobs plan will help to create those jobs by eliminating the College of Trades. (It is) an important part of my legislation. Unfortunately the Liberals and the NDP voted it down. It would create 200,000 good apprenticeship jobs and clear the way for high-paying middle class jobs that are also highly entrepreneurial. Odds are, as you know, if you become a carpenter or a plumber or an electrician, you’ll start your own business. You hire more people, who will get experience, and the cycle continues again.”
“So, ask yourself, who benefits from this so-called College of Trades? Well, it’s a union leader named Pat Dillon. You know him, he runs the Liberals’ negative-ad machine as chair of the Working Families Coalition. And he has a stronger bargaining position when there’s a shortage of tradespeople… The Premier may be comfortable with that, but I’m not.”