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Action alert: Demand public disclosure of Ontario's planned regulatory cuts

Government's role is to protect the public good, even in bad times.

Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty has now decided regulations are an inconvenience.by the Council of Canadians

We learned this week that the McGuinty government is quietly cutting regulations in all government departments in an effort to make the province more attractive to investors. The plan, as reported in the Toronto Star, is to cut 35 percent of current regulations by 2011, shortly before the next provincial election. To read the full article, click here.

"Governments — including mine — are acting as a brake on growth," McGuinty told the Canadian Club during a luncheon speech on Tuesday, the same day the Toronto Star reported that this will involve "scrapping two regulations for every new one that is introduced."

This is a marked shift from the Premier's previous statement that "red tape is good for us, some red tape is in the public interest, some red tape is helpful and protects us." McGuinty seems to be using the current economic downturn as an opportunity to drastically reduce the ability of the provincial government to manage economic activity in the name of protecting the public good.

To date only business groups have been consulted on the plan to eliminate over 150,000 rules and regulations affecting industry in Ontario. Despite promises that environmental and health-related policies will not be weakened, there is very little information on what regulations the Ontario government is planning on trimming.

THE DEMAND

We need to put pressure on Premier McGuinty and his Liberal government to disclose, fully and publicly, all planned cuts to provincial regulations and to allow for open, accessible public debate on any and all cuts that will affect environmental or public health policy.

TAKE ACTION

Write to Premier McGuinty and your MPP demanding this debate, or use the sample letter in the link below. And please pass this action alert onto others!

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  ACTION ALERT: Demand public disclosure of all planned regulatory cuts in Ontario

Posted: February 17, 2009

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