Active supporter of skilled construction trades, and promoter of a Canadian construction industry that is fair and open for all.
As President of the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA), Paul has over 25 years of experience in labour relations, government relations, strategic management, training, and legal issues. He has served on a variety of boards, including the CLAC Health and Welfare Trust Fund, the Alberta Construction Safety Association and the Construction Owners Association of Alberta Respect in the Workplace Committee. Paul is a member of the Alberta Labour Relations Board.
As cities across Ontario try to squeeze out savings to expand public transit, something doesn't add up. Too many cities, including Toronto, are missing out on hundreds of millions in savings. That's because Ontario has a labour law loophole that's putting cities, companies and taxpayers at a huge disadvantage.
Graduation ceremonies are underway at high schools across the province, as students get set to take their skills to the next level. At 84 per cent, B.C.'s high school graduation rate has never been higher. While that's reason to celebrate, we should also be asking why the province's apprenticeship programs aren't achieving anywhere near the same success rates.
There are ways of funding badly needed projects that are already at hand and don't involve squeezing the long-suffering taxpayer harder. Although it would take some political will, Toronto could realize millions in savings that would go a long way in addressing its budget shortfall.