Monday, April 28, 2014

Fact #18: Rob Ford voted against enforcing worker safety laws


It's true. On April 2nd, 2014, Toronto City Council voted 44-1 in favour of endorsing the "Stop the Killing: Enforce the Law" campaign. Council approved a motion to urge the Ontario government to improve the training of crown prosecutors and law enforcement for workplace safety laws, and to enforce the laws already on the books. There were no associated costs for the City of Toronto.

Toronto is one of many governments across the country which have participated in the Stop the Killing campaign. To date Rob Ford is the only municipal politician to have voted no.

Why should I care?

You could argue that it was just a symbolic motion, so it doesn't really matter how Ford voted. However,

  1. If you're going to take credit for all of the "cranes in the sky", then at least pretend to care about the safety of the workers who are driving Toronto's recovery.
  2. Better enforcement of laws would actually save money for the City of Toronto, since industrial accidents drive up the cost of construction, cause delays and often result in lawsuits against the City.
  3. Sometimes it's fun to be a dick, but when you're the mayor it gets old pretty fast. This is yet another example of how Ford is completely incapable of working with the rest of council. If Ford were smart he'd use these votes as part of a give and take with councillors. In return for supporting their motions, he could get votes for his agenda items. Instead, Ford's legislative scorched-earth policy just brings everything to a halt. Which wastes everyone's time. And taxpayers' money.

Once again, Rob Ford has led the principled charge against society's leeches. So if you are a construction worker, an Olympic athlete or Nelson Mandela, know that Rob Ford is keeping his eyes on you.

How do I know you're not lying?

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