With Bill 117 passing its second reading last Friday we thought we’d prod around and see what options are still available to us to try and prevent this malicious private members bill from ever becoming law.
The motorcycle industry body (MMIC) have indicated that they
will be distributing petitions around all the member manufacturer
booths at the upcoming TMS for the public to sign. The completed petitions will be supplied to the MPPs that
can use it most effectively (likely opposition), and so we thoroughly recommend that if
you’re going to the show, that you take time to add your signature.
The MMIC will also be supplying pre-printed postcards opposing Bill 117 that you
can pick up, fill in and send to Queens Park to further show your
opposition to this bill. We’ll try and get a copy of the petition and some cards for signing/distribution at the CMG Pub Night this Friday.
If you want a copy of the petition or some of the cards yourself, please contact Jo-Anne Farquhar at the MMIC.
And finally, so the bill has passed it’s second reading. What does this actually mean and what’s going to happen next? To find out we asked CMG’s legal mind Matt McGarvey for his take on the process:
It has been referred, after passing second reading, to the Standing Committee on Justice matters. This committee can entertain submissions and testimony from interested parties; really, this is the stage to propose amendments and make submissions.
Here is a decent flow-chart for how it works on private members’ bills concerning public matters (the bill is just about to enter the Standing Committee stage):
Next stage after committee consideration is third reading (with a vote), and once that is passed, Royal Assent by the Lieutenant-Governor.