Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

May 23, 2012 19:06 ET

Budget Bill too important to rush, CUPE Ontario leader warns

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 23, 2012) - Ontario's budget legislation is too far-reaching to be rushed through without sufficient time for debate and public scrutiny, CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn told delegates at the union's convention today in Windsor. Hahn was responding to reports indicating the Liberals hope to pass a time allocation motion next week to cut off debate on the government's budget legislation, Bill 55.

Hahn called on the leaders of all three parties to respect the need for a full airing of Bill 55, including public hearings.

"This is a 327-page bill amending 69 different pieces of legislation. Just one of those, if passed, would permit cabinet to act behind closed doors to privatize any crown corporation or government service, all without ever coming before the legislature. Surely that warrants more public scrutiny than the bill has had to date," Hahn said.

Hahn said he is "shocked" that the day after Ontario's Ombudsman, André Marin, tweeted his alarm over Bill 55's serious "oversight erosion" and expressed hope the bill would get "fixed before it becomes law," the government's only response was to announce plans to end debate.

CUPE has commissioned a legal opinion on the impacts of Bill 55, including Schedule 28 the "privatization" schedule and hopes to release it early next week.

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