By Greg Snider and Jules Tupker
The Parliamentary Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs has been touring the province for Pre-Budget presentations and made their only appearance in the Northwest at Dryden on January 21st. The Conservative government is in its first year of power and it certainly doesn’t look good for Injured Workers in Ontario.
The Conservatives have made their feelings, about workplace safety and those who are injured or killed due to their employment clear by cutting employer premiums by thirty percent (30%) thereby reducing the income to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) by 30%. This action however has not deterred the Thunder Bay & District Injured Worker Support Group and we have not backed down during these tough times; so when the PCFEA held their hearing in Dryden, Steve Mantis answered the call.
I have attached both Steve’s presentation and supplemental presentation to the Pre-Budget hearings. These written documents are very important as Steve had only seven minutes to provide his oral presentation.
The Minister of Finance (Vic Fideli) will be touring the province to hold “Budget Consultation” to hear first-hand from organizations. He will be in Thunder Bay on February 7th. Janet has been invited to present but has only three minutes to speak. Hardly enough time to make a case for Injured Workers. We wonder how interested this Conservative Government really is in finding out what concerns the Injured Workers have with the WSIB.