Ontario College of Trades boss David Tsubouchi and his misleading letters to the editor
David Tsubouchi's letter to the editor quite clearly implies that the Electrical Safety Authority has never had a mandate to check for unlicensed contractors in Ontario.
By Steve Payne
The PR folks employed at the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) seem to be extremely busy these days sending out “correction” letters to various media outlets, over the signature of chief registrar David Tsubouchi, every time they feel OCOT has been maligned.
The standard letter from Mr. Tsubouchi seems to end the same way every time:
“In order to ensure that the College is able to fulfill its mandate to protect the public interest, it is important that facts be communicated clearly and accurately to the public.”
Well, that’s laudable. Who isn’t in favour of accurate facts?
How then, to explain this giant whopper in Mr. Tsubouchi’s list of great things that OCOT has achieved over the past 12 months, published as another OCOT “facts-correction” letter in Dec. 23rd’s Haliburton Echo:
Mr. Tsubouchi writes: “For the first time in Ontario, there are enforcement officers checking to ensure that the person who fixes your brakes or wires your home is actually qualified to do the job.” (Here’s the full letter, in context.)
Seriously? Then what has the province’s Electrical Safety Authority been doing with its time? They did manage to charge 23 individuals and companies with licensing infractions over the past year, almost as many last year, and the same rate of convictions seems to go back at least a decade – right back to the founding of the ESA, in fact.
It’s disturbing that a lifelong public servant like Mr. Tsubouchi can sign his name to such obvious untruths… and then follow up so glibly with a self-congratulatory statement about telling the truth to the public.