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Statement from MPP Michael Coteau, Ontario Liberal Party Labour Critic

Headshot of Michael Coteau wearing a suit

MPP Michael Coteau’s (Ontario Liberal critic for Economic Development, Job Creation & Trade


Yesterday, I asked Doug Ford whether he believed that workers in Ontario deserved
at least two paid sick days per year. He confirmed that his Conservative government
will be “getting rid” of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, and that two
paid sick days was simply too much.

This Act is about fairness and decency in Ontario. The reforms brought in under the
previous Liberal government were meant to help workers without job security and
allow for more predictable scheduling hours. Premier Ford talks a good game about
standing up for the little guy and the people of Ontario, but his actions tell another
story.

Getting rid of the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will mean less protections for
workers, including the elimination of equal pay for equal work, fairer scheduling rules
including pay for shifts cancelled on short notice, a minimum of three weeks vacation
after five years with the same employer and personal emergency leave for all
workplaces.

I urge people across the province to call their local MPP, to call Doug Ford, and to
tell them that Ontario workers, who have built this province up, deserve fairness and
decent workplace protections.

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