Ontario Bill 16, which would repeal the province-wide “pit bull” ban, passed its second reading today by a vote of 51 to 26.
The bill was then referred to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills. Contact the following members and ask them to support Bill 16:
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Three MPPs are members of the Standing Committee and voted AGAINST Bill 16: Coteau, Dhillon, Sergio. The other 6 members of the committee supported Bill 16 (and Hillier is a co-sponsor, of course). So, on the surface, it seems like Bill 16 will do well in committee.
The rally before the second reading was also a success. Some photos of the rally: http://www.demotix.com/news/1072153/rally-end-breed-specific-legislation-ontario-toronto
Bill co-sponsor Randy Hillier posts on today’s events: http://www.randyhilliermpp.com/ontariocanleadagain/postings/news-releases/1153-a-dogs-day-afternoon
Watch the bill reading and MPP supporting/opposition comments on YouTube: http://youtu.be/wCKfJHRkKg8
The Canadian Press speaks positively about Bill 16 but is pessimistic about the bill’s future, believing it will die before third reading: http://www.thespec.com/news/ontario/article/675944–bill-to-end-ontario-s-pit-bull-ban-supported-by-members-of-all-parties
How did your MPP vote?
Read today’s Votes and Proceedings here: http://www.ontla.on.ca/house-proceedings/votes-and-proceedings/files_pdf/February_23_2012.pdf
FOR Bill 16 (Repeal breed ban) – 51
Armstrong, Arnott, Bailey, Barrett, Bisson, Campbell, Chudleigh, Clark, Colle, Crack, Craitor, DiNovo, Dunlop, Elliott, Fedeli, Forster, Hardeman, Harris, Hillier, Horwath, Hudak, Jackson, Jones, Klees, Leone, MacLaren, Mantha, Marchese, McDonell, McKenna, McNaughton, Miller (Hamilton East–Stoney Creek), Milligan, Munro, Natyshak, Nicholls, O’Toole, Ouellette, Prue, Schein, Scott, Shurman, Singh, Smith, Tabuns, Taylor, Thompson, Vanthof, Walker, Wilson, Yurek
AGAINST Bill 16 (Keep breed ban) – 26
Berardinetti, Bradley, Coteau, Damerla, Delaney, Dhillon, Dickson, Duguid, Flynn, Jaczek, Jeffrey, Kwinter, Leal, MacCharles, Mangat, McMeekin, Moridi, Murray, Naqvi, Piruzza, Qaadri, Sergio, Sousa, Wong, Wynne, Zimmer
What’s the process for private members’ bills in the Ontario Assembly?
Here’s a great flowchart that shows the legislative process for private members’ bills like Bill 16: http://www.ontla.on.ca/bills/general-information/files_pdf/files_en/pmpbill.pdf Bill 16 has passed second reading and is now headed for “Standing or Select Committee” phase.
Read More About Bill 16
You may read the text of Bill 16 here: http://www.ontla.on.ca/web/bills/bills_detail.do?locale=en&Intranet&BillID=2552