MPP JOURNAL for the week of , 2001
Businesses - both small and large - strive to grow and people naturally want to succeed. Sometimes the most important thing a government can do is simply get out of the way of the energy, drive and initiative of entrepreneurs and give them the freedom they need to grow their businesses.
In a vast enterprise such as the Government of Ontario, it's not surprising that we would have regulations and rules that overlap or are wasteful. Sometimes, regrettably, one finds a regulation that kills jobs or stops businesses from growing but no longer makes sense.
For instance, until the Mike Harris team changed the rules, it took
longer to qualify as a movie projectionist in Ontario then to become a
After listening to concerned Ontarians, consumers, business owners and experts, we created the Red Tape Commission in order to remove barriers to growth. The Red Tape Commission is a permanent watchdog that aims to prevent and eliminate job-killing rules and regulations.
In the first few years of its mandate, the Red Tape Commission eliminated over 1,000 un-needed regulations that were hampering job creation. One of the commission's specific tasks is to evaluate all regulatory proposals using a new Business Impact Test that will weed out those proposals that are job-killing red tape. Review by the commission is mandatory for proposed regulations and policies that might have an impact on jobs or economic competitiveness.
It's clear that reforming regulations helps make our economy more
competitive. In the era of freer trade and instant communication, Ontario
always has to be vigilant in making sure it is the best place in North
America to invest and create jobs.
For small business owners and consumers, I would be happy to pass on
any ideas or complaints that you might have about job-killing red tape.
Feel free to contact my office with your suggestions on eliminating the
barriers to growth. If you would like to learn more about our efforts to
cut red tape, the commission has a website - www.redtape.gov.on.ca - that
can give you a good overview of its work.
Economic competitiveness and job creation can never be taken for
granted. We must always be on the watch for needless red tape that has the
potential to kill jobs or discourage investment. Only the Mike Harris Team
can be relied on to protect jobs and build a climate of growth and
opportunity in Ontario. You can count on us to continue our efforts to
improve the lives of Ontarians by eliminating red tape.
David Tilson, MPP Dufferin-Peel-Wellington-Grey
244 Broadway, Orangeville, ON L9W 1K5
Phone: (519) 941-7751 Toll Free: 1-800-265-1603 Fax: (519) 941-3246