MPP is touring Manufacturing Plants across Ontario; seeking ideas and solutions.
(Queen’s Park, ON) – This afternoon, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton toured yet another Ontario plant facing tough times. McNaughton toured Scarborough’s Stonemill Bakehouse and again heard about unnecessary red tape and undue regulation, along with Ontario’s sky high hydro pricing. Scarborough-Rouge River MPP Raymond Cho joined McNaughton on the tour.
“The ownership that we met with today in Scarborough said it quite clearly, layers upon layers of unnecessary red tape and government regulation are killing their business and putting good jobs at continued risk,” said McNaughton. “This is a smaller Ontario manufacturing company who simply cannot keep up with the government paperwork and compliance regimes, not to mention the sky-high hydro pricing and global adjustment fees.”
Scarborough’s Stonemill Bakehouse is a local food processing plant and has about 100 employees spread over a 65,000 square foot operation. About 25% of the workforce is considered highly skilled. Stonemill is a family bakehouse with over 100 years of European tradition and heritage. They bake with premium, organic ingredients and partner with Prince Edward County farmers for locally grown rye & spelt.
“There are over 380,000 different rules and regulations on the books here in Ontario. For a small or medium-sized business, just monitoring this many rules and regulations is a massive burden. Especially when you consider that the U.S. government is now moving forward with a sweeping ‘one-in, two-out’ plan by forcing the government to eliminate two regulations for every new rule added, Ontario is getting blown away. There’s no doubt, we are losing the battle on red tape.” said McNaughton.
In January, McNaughton has toured several manufacturing plants on the brink of closing or considering relocating to other jurisdictions. Earlier this month he toured Scarborough’s Automatic Coating and he will continue to tour manufacturing and other plants across Ontario over the next several months. He hopes to bring back stories, ideas and possible solutions to Queen’s Park to help rejuvenate and grow Ontario’s ailing manufacturing sector which has lost over 350,000 jobs since the current government took power.
“It’s increasingly unaffordable to do business in Ontario and I place the blame squarely on the current government. We’re no longer competitive,” summarized McNaughton.