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(The Canadian Injured Workers Society is a non-partisan organization.
We do not advocate any particular party or political ideology. If you think someone's name is missing from this list, email us with the information to )

Only activities by politicians occurring on or after November 22, 2006
will be accepted for this list.



Alberta:

Kevin Taft and the Alberta Liberal Opposition
have posted a Labour Relations position statement on their website that includes the intent to:
"Establish an independent public inquiry, including
an intensive audit, into the operations of the WCB."

http://www.albertaliberal.com/index.php/alp/policies/C26
If the Liberals are elected in Alberta, Injured workers across Canada will be watching this proposed public inquiry as it will be an important and long overdue step towards addressing fairness in the Alberta workers compensation system.


British Columbia:

2006:

Guy Gentner - NDP BC
MLA - Delta North
BILL M 210 - permanent partial disabilities paid throughout the life of the worker and addresses actual wage loss rather than percentage impairment calculations
First Reading November 27, 2006
(see article - "Restore disability pensions: MLA"


Ontario:

2006:

Andrea Horwath - NDP Ontario
MPP Hamilton East
Bill 162 - new non-reduced indexing factor - retroactive to 1994 (Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act (Indexing), 2006) - The Bill amends the Act to remove the reduced indexing factor. The Bill also provides retroactiviity to 1994. If any payment made to a person on or after that date was less than the amount that would have been paid using the unreduced indexing factor, the Board must pay the difference to the person. More info about this issue at: injuredworkersonline.org

(***NOTE Michael Gravelle, Liberal MPP, Thunder Bay-Superior North
introduced a similar Bill 168 a week later on Dec 5th
but his Bill does not address retroactivity.)



Jennifer F. Mossop - LIB Ontario
MPP Stoney Creek
Bill 177 - Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act 2006 The Act only requires the Board to consider suitable employment or business positions and not whether they are also available to the worker. The Bill would amend the Act so that the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board will consider employment or business positions which are both suitable and available to the worker when determining the worker's post injury earnings.





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