It has been an exciting seven days since the tabling and introduction of my Private Members’ Bill, Bill 22: Ticket Speculation Amendment Act (Purchase and Sale Requirements), 2016 . I am thrilled to announce that with all of your support, and the encouragement from my colleagues, Bill 22 has been referred to the Standing Committee on General Government following the debate of the Bill yesterday afternoon.
This past week, I met and heard from stakeholders that support amendments to the current ticket legislation. I was pleased to speak with representatives from both Music Canada Live, Canadian Ticket Brokers Association, and the Ontario Professional Ticketing Association. I greatly appreciated these opportunities to learn about the intricacies of the ticket selling business and how this Bill will protect consumers. You can read some of the letters of support I received by clicking the attachments below.
In addition, I received feedback from constituents in my riding as well as individuals across the province who offered words of encouragement and support for the passing of my Bill. “Like” my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter to stay in touch with my work on this and other matters in Parliament. It is evident that Ontarians feel the need for this legislation and I hope that my Bill addresses the issues that event-goers have experienced when purchasing tickets. It was an absolute delight to see so many of you sharing the news online, whether by tweeting your support or commenting on Facebook. I believe that this continued support encouraged others to discuss the Bill with their MPPS, as it is truly a matter that affects everyone, and I am happy that Bill 22 has progressed to Committee.
The Committee stage is an opportunity to call on witnesses, such as individuals, groups and Ministry officials to examine the Bill and suggest amendments. After the witnesses have been heard, the Bill will be examined clause-by-clause, during which time any proposed amendments will be voted on by the Committee. Once all the parts of the Bill have been considered, the Committee will vote on the Bill as a whole, and whether to report it to the House and order the Bill for Third Reading. I am excited to hear from all the witnesses that will comment on the Bill and I am hopeful that the Bill will be ordered for Third Reading and receive Royal Assent following the Committee process.
If you are interested in providing your support for my Bill, you can sign the petition, which will be available October 4th.
Attachments:OPTA - Letter of Support CTBA - Letter of Support
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