CORNWALL, Ontario - So much for MPP Jim McDonell's planto harmonize technical standards among Ontario entrepreneurs.
By a vote of 27 to 46, a coalition of Liberal and NDP MPPs worked to deny Second Reading to McDonell’s Bill 61, the Technical Standards and Safety Amendment Act, 2013.
Bill 61, the Technical Standards and Safety Amendment Act, 2013 aimed to make inspection criteria more transparent when businesses look to get approval for new designs and equipment.
McDonell argued that now businesses are drowning under a sea of red tape when it comes to gaining approvals.
“I am disappointed because throughout the lengthy work on this Bill, I endeavored to balance stakeholders’ concerns with the need for an independent, strong body of experts in the fields of technology and safety regulation,” said McDonell. “Bill 61 was a needed reform to make the TSSA more transparent and responsive to the needs of Ontario’s job creators.
"We live in a very competitive global marketplace. Inventors who cannot get a foothold for their products in Ontario will take their skill elsewhere. Job-creators, unless they can design, set up their business and begin operating as soon as possible, will choose another jurisdiction. It is a missed opportunity.”