Saultites Protest Bill 47


This past month, Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government has launched Bill 47, otherwise known as the ‘Making Ontario Open for Business Act,’ which will halt the planned increase from $14 to $15 per hour for minimum wage and reduce the number of sick days that workers are allowed to take.

This comes hand in hand with the repeal of Bill 148, a bill that mandates equal pay for part-time and temporary workers doing the same job as full-time employees and increases vacation time entitlement to three weeks after a worker has been with their company for five years, amongst other benefits that were meant to improve labour relations and health and safety for Ontario workers.

This was a promise that Ford has stood by since his spring election campaign.

However, it is not sitting well with a number of individuals in the Sault.

On Tuesday afternoon, despite awful rain, representatives from a number of local unions stood with the Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council rallying for workers’ rights in front of MPP Ross Romano’s constituency office.

They expressed a concern over Romano’s silence on the matter. That being said, Romano was out of town this week for meetings between Nipissing and Thunder Bay.

Riley Smith
Riley Smith is an enthusiastic and versatile critical thinker who has been with SaultOnline since January 2018. She holds a double Honours Degree in History and Political Science from Algoma University, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Public Relations and Event Management from Sault College. She is Google Marketing Fundamentals certified, and is also working towards a Certificate in Diversity and Intercultural Relations. When she's not reporting, you can find her MC'ing the Soo Greyhound home hockey games, spending time with her basset hound, Douggie, or seeing the world one breathtaking view at a time.