Ford says the legislation cost tons of jobs and was bad for business.
When the Wynne-Liberals brought in Bill 148, many warned that it would be bad for businesses in the province, and would end up hurting many workers by destroying jobs.
Those fears were realized, when tens of thousands of jobs were lost, and business owners said they had to cut positions because of the rapid minimum wage increases that the legislation ordered.
In response to those concerns about damage to workers and damage to businesses in the province, Ontario Premier Doug Ford says that his government will scrap Bill 148.
Said Ford, “We’re going to make sure we’re competitive around the world. We’re getting rid of Bill 148. We’re going to make sure we protect the front-line workers.”
The legislation had caused price increases, cuts to working hours, and an outright reduction in job positions.
The head of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce slammed Bill 148, detailing the problems it caused:
“The very real unintended consequences (of Bill 148) have forced our members to decrease product offerings and increase the price of products being sold, hire fewer employees, reduce services and hours of operation, cut back on employee benefits, and halt capital investment — all in an effort to stay afloat.”
The move by Ford is the latest effort by the Ontario PCs to reverse the serious damage the Wynne-Liberals did to the Ontario economy.
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