With her personal approval rating at 12 per cent and her Liberal Party sitting at 28 per cent support while Patrick Brown’s PCs sit at 41 per cent, Kathleen Wynne has to do something to try to win the 2018 provincial election. She’s desperate.
So what are her ideas?
A column by Martin Regg Cohn, published in the official Liberal newspaper the Toronto Star, lays out some of those plans and it isn’t good.
The plan to be presented to cabinet and the party before going public is said to include making it easier to unionize, dramatically increasing the minimum wage, boosting paid vacation and paid sick days and forcing employers to justify why a job is part time instead of full time.
This Liberal plan is about tilting the balance of power in a big way towards employees and away from employers, so groups representing employers are rightly furious.
One such group, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business representing 42,000 small businesses employing 500,000 Ontarians, points out the reforms being considered come on top of the increase in EI premiums and CPP increases brought about by Trudeau’s Liberals.
The CFIB says it will simply be too much.
“Labour reforms, such as the ones being discussed in the media, would devastate small businesses and as a result, would kill jobs and slow down economic growth.”
But slowing down economic growth may be a small price to pay for Wynne and her Liberals if it gets them back in power.
These policies seek to appeal to a dedicated section of left-wing voters that see government as the answer to every problem and my fear is, it might work.
We need to push back with facts. Burdening employers with layers of increased costs won’t provide more jobs but less. As costs rise, part time jobs disappear and full time jobs become part time as employers find ways to deal with this.
Ontarians need to know that if Wynne’s plans go through it is about protecting one job and one job only… hers.