Feb 13, 2024
By Jane Brown
Ontario’s premier has decided not to take his controversial wage cap legislation all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Word came Tuesday evening, the Doug Ford Progressive Conservatives at Queen’s Park plan to repeal Bill 124 after the Ontario Court of Appeal found the law violated collective bargaining rights of public sector workers, including nurses and teachers.
The legislation, introduced in 2019, capped wage increases for most public sector employees at one percent a year for three years and has been blamed for an exodus of healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Just a few hours before it was announced the Ford Tories would repeal Bill 124, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy told a news conference there was no decision yet on whether to seek leave to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Later in the day, Opposition NDP leader Marit Stiles was joined by the Liberals’ Accountability Critic John Fraser and public sector union leaders who all called on the Doug Ford government to end a bid to keep Bill 124 alive.