WATCH: Hudak vows to shut down College of Trades

The PC leader goes for the jugular on the regulatory body's first anniversary

As the Ontario College of Trades blew out the candles on its first birthday cake, Tim Hudak remained focused on shutting it down.

The Progressive Conservative leader says the regulatory body is just another level of bureaucracy those hoping to work in the trades must go through.

Tory MPP Garfield Dunlop says the College creates too much paperwork for people just trying to do their jobs.

Dunlop and Hudak specifically point to annual fees trades people have to pay, going up to $120 depending on their specialty.

Hudak alleges it is just a front to organized labour.

Vince Kacaba represents plumbers and pipe fitters. He says they need a regulatory body to license workers. He says if a trades person doesn't know what they're doing, they could hurt or kill people.
Kacaba likens it to having an unlicensed doctor operate on you.

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  1. Peter posted on 04/08/2014 03:54 PM
    He could be a genius here and maybe needs credit.

    But I wonder if he has some expert consultation behind him after coming up with this idea.
    Maybe the College Of Trades is in fact a necessary regulatory body that does
    maintain the integrity of the trades person.

    If there are changes that take affect, then they should be gradual. Having radical changes upsets the harmony in the system. So make some phase in where everyone can adjust without pain.

  2. tanjo posted on 04/08/2014 03:55 PM
    Ernie Eves once said of Dalton McGuinty that he just says anything that pops into his pointy little head.

    Apparently, the Liberals did not *completely* corner the market on pointy little heads. Why, oh why do you want to alienate a large labour force right before an election?

    I miss Ernie. He got a bum deal.
  3. Always Politically Correct posted on 04/08/2014 04:30 PM
    "Hey, Kids! What time is it?"

    "It's Howdy Doody time !! ......... It's Howdy Doody time !!

    Great idea Howdy (I mean, Tim).
    Let's have just anybody, regardless of qualifications or adherence to standards, take advantage of the paying public for things like home carpentry, plumbing, electrical work and all the rest.

    Sure sounds like another brilliant bit of Doody wisdom.

    Nice going Howdy (I mean, Tim). You've just alienated another huge block of voters.
    Your chances of getting voted in are quickly becoming worse than my sister's chances of becoming the next Pope.
    1. Mark posted on 04/08/2014 05:21 PM
  4. Frankie posted on 04/08/2014 05:12 PM
    We have a college of trades in order to supposedly ensure the trades are qualified.

    How about a college of politicians? Every lying, thieving, incompetent Liberal would fail.
  5. Mark posted on 04/08/2014 05:27 PM
    Only the liberals could invent a "college" that is not a college but instead it I just another liberal money sucking endeavor.

    Holly crap Ontario. How the hell could we have ended up with these idiots.
  6. don was right posted on 04/08/2014 08:54 PM
    just an excuse to keep a bunch of liberal hacks employed. 10 on teh sunshine list ranging from $103 to $180. Adds no value to anything. Shut it down
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