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Ford says Ontario training employee strike was extra harmful than suspending Constitution rights

Ford says Ontario training employee strike was extra harmful than suspending Constitution rights

Premier Doug Ford stated he believes the two-day strike held by training employees amid tense contract negotiations was “way more harmful” than overriding the Constitution rights of these employees to maintain them off the picket line.

“Are you aware what’s even worse than Part 33? Is threatening to go on strike, shut down the financial system of Ontario, maintain dad and mom at residence, maintain the children at residence, you recognize, maintain the grandparents—as they’re getting unloaded on the grandparent’s home, that is a lot extra harmful than Part 33,” Ford stated at an unrelated information convention on Wednesday.

It’s the second day in a row during which Ford has downplayed the federal government’s determination to invoke the however clause. On Tuesday, he disagreed with a reporter who described Part 33 as a “sledgehammer.”

Ford’s authorities used the however clause of the Constitution of Rights and Freedoms to cross Invoice 28: Conserving College students in Class Act, after the Canadian Union of Public Workers [CUPE] introduced on Oct. 30 it was giving the required 5 days’ discover to go on strike.

“However when you may have a union sitting there telling you that they are going on strike earlier than I even talked about it [Section 33]. They are going on strike it doesn’t matter what it’s, and you don’t have any possibility, however to sit down again and make the most of the device,” Ford stated Wednesday.

The laws handed on Nov. 3 and, amongst different issues, pressured a contract onto the province’s 55,000 training assist employees whereas additionally making it unlawful to take any job motion.

The Ford authorities had stated it might implement a day by day wonderful of as much as $4,000 for particular person staff discovered to be in contravention of Invoice 28 or $500,000 for the union.

Ford says Ontario training employee strike was extra harmful than suspending Constitution rightsOntario Premier Doug speaks throughout a press convention at Queen’s Park in Toronto on Monday Nov. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Regardless of that, CUPE’s Ontario College Board Council of Unions members walked off the job on Friday and Monday, which resulted in main closures by faculty boards throughout the province.

Ford supplied to scrap Invoice 28 earlier this week if CUPE returned to colleges and the negotiating desk. The union accepted the provide however the laws nonetheless stands till the MPPs return to Queen’s Park subsequent week.

The however clause had by no means been utilized in Ontario earlier than June 2021, when Ford used it to revive components of the Election Funds Act that had beforehand been declared unconstitutional, imposing a rule that third events may solely spend $600,000 on promoting within the 12 months earlier than an election is named.

In 2018, Ford had threatened to however didn’t use the clause when his authorities supposed to chop Toronto metropolis council seats throughout a municipal election.