When Garfield Dunlop speaks out so strongly against the Ontario College of Trades, he isn't just being a Progressive Conservative politician taking shots at yet another bad idea from the Dalton McGuinty government. He's speaking as a Canadian Contractor. He's a plumber.
September 3, 2013 by Robert Koci
In this video, Rob Koci chats with Garfield Dunlop, a Progressive Conservative MPP for the riding of Simcoe North, about the possibility of abolishing the widely-criticized Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).
Garfield Dunlop is one of the leading political voices in Ontario when it comes to making plans to either close down – or dramatically rethink – the “College.” (Quotation marks added because this “College” will teach no courses and educate no students: it’s a purely regulatory body that will cost contractors $120 a year so they can appear “in good standing” on the College’s website.) But, of course, the Liberals, not Mr. Dunlop’s PC party, run the province. Repealing the Ontario College of Trades act will first require an election.
Dunlop is not “just” a politician (at Queen’s Park he is the “Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Reform” critic).
He is, in “real life,” a licensed plumber.
Dunlop says he is expecting to receive his own $120 invoice from the College of Trades this fall.
What will he get for that money? Very, very little at all, as he describes in this video clip.
To add your voice to the opposition to the Ontario College of Trades, email Garfield Dunlop at firstname.lastname@example.org
His website is www.garfielddunlopmpp.com