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Harris hearing impacts of changing workplaces/$15 min. wage

July 17, 2017

Kitchener – Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris is welcoming the Finance Committee to Kitchener Waterloo as he adds his voice and ear to hearings moving through Southern Ontario this week for hearings on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Act.

This week’s slate of hearings continue following last week’s revelations from Wynne Liberal Labour Minister Kevin Flynn’s indicating that Ontario’s $15 minimum wage proposal is “still up for debate” – as well as Liberal MPP Vic Dhillon’s admission that he, “had no idea about the ramifications” of certain parts of the bill. 

“The recent comments from government members indicate they may not have thought this through, which makes these opportunities to hear from those impacted all the more vital,” Harris noted. “This is a chance to listen to the voices of those directly impacted and I look forward to hearing from them as we try to get an idea of how business, owners, employees, customers and the economy itself will be affected by the significant changes proposed through Bill 148.”

Following today’s Kitchener-Waterloo hearing, the Finance Committee will roll on to Niagara Falls (July 19), Hamilton (July 20) before wrapping up in Toronto (July 21).

“Look, it’s essential that we get this right, and the only way we do that is by understanding how these changes are going to affect those that will be playing by the new rules,” Harris said. “That said, while we continue to push for the cost-benefit analysis these changes should require, I remind anyone that was unable to present to the committee that written submissions can still be sent in right up until the 21st.”