Motion that Bill 6, Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act, be amended by striking out parts 1 and 2.
If this bill is truly about protecting farm workers and the safety of farm workers, as stated by the Premier and many members opposite, then this amendment should be okay with them.
This omnibus bill contains two prongs that are about worker safety; namely, occupational health and safety and workers’ compensation. It also contains two prongs that are evidently less about worker safety and more about paycheques and forming unions. As many of my colleagues have indicated, it is irresponsible to dilute important worker safety legislation with provisions that are unrelated to safety. A sign of respect for legislators would be to provide us sufficient time to consider this important legislation. Provisions to enable farmers to collectively bargain would not increase employee or employer responsibilities for safety. The government has not explained how farm worker safety would be enhanced by this part of the legislation.