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On DriveTest Strike, Liberals Dither, Delay and Deny Action

(December 11, 2009) Progressive Conservative MPP Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey) says the McGuinty Liberals are dithering, delaying and denying action when it comes to ending Ontario’s 17 week old DriveTest strike.  In Question Period Thursday, Wilson appealed to the government to pass his back-to-work bill so that driving instructors, small businesses and truck drivers aren’t forced out of work before Christmas.

“What makes you think that doing nothing is a fair option for the people affected by this strike,” asked Wilson in his exchange with the Minister of Labour.  “Why is the government being so ignorant to the plight of these people?”

On November 23rd Wilson introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Legislature that would end the DriveTest strike that has been allowed to go on since August 24th.  Last week, on November 30th, hundreds protested on the front lawns of the legislature to protest the McGuinty government’s failure to intervene in the strike that is putting the jobs of some 10,000 driving instructors at risk.

 “After today, there will be no legislative means available to end the DriveTest strike,” Wilson told the Minister on the last day of the legislative session.  “By the time this House returns in mid-February, more driving instructors will be out of work, driving schools will be forced to close their doors, new immigrants won’t be able to get the jobs they were promised when they came to this country and truck drivers won’t be able to upgrade their skills.”

Two weeks ago, Progressive Conservative Transportation Critic Frank Klees (Newmarket-Aurora) asked for unanimous consent in the House for Wilson’s bill to receive speedy passage.  Regrettably, the Liberals again refused to act on this pressing matter.

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