Help is on the way, my friends, after Ontarians voted to paint Queen's Park blue on June 7.
I'd like to welcome Premier-designate Doug Ford to the job, and wish him all the best in the new job. We are looking forward to working with the incoming Conservative government and to seeing a new way in how day-to-day business is conducted at Queen's Park.
Included below are a list of topics that we think are relevant to you, our newsletter readers, as well as Ford and his incoming cabinet, which will be sworn in tomorrow.
Our first message to Ford is this: Canada's potential tariffs on U.S. and foreign steel are a threat to our entire economy which rides on the success of residential construction and housing, which rely heavily on steel. Imposing them would be a mistake and would drive up housing prices. This is a fight we can't win. There are great articles below from BNN Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal which tell the tale.
Secondly, please follow through on cutting red tape. We have a report that's coming out next week that we'll be happy to share with you and the public that explains the great potential this province and industry have if streamlining and e-permitting are used in the building approvals process for Ontario and its 444 municipalities. This may well prove to be a blueprint for success. Stay tuned! (More in my Toronto Sun column below.)
Lastly, the construction industry stands ready to assist the new government. We believe in always keeping an open dialogue with government at all times, and we won't hesitate to come to you with information we think might help your decision-making processes.
Other important reads: news coverage on RESCON's Cannabis in Construction Symposium 2.0; City News interviews me about the labour shortage; finally, RCCAO's Andy Manahan talks to Daily Commercial News about the election result.
Enjoy the newsletter, and most importantly, happy Canada Day!
Richard Lyall, President