It’s time discussion on Bill 138 went public (Guest commentary)

Consultation with HRPA membership needed
By Ian Turnbull
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 09/27/2011

Much of last winter was spent arguing the merits of Bill 138, a proposed private member’s bill to replace the current legislation governing the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) in Ontario.

In a front-page article on June 20, Canadian HR Reporter’sheadline was: “Decision on Bill 138 postponed.” But that isn’t true. It wasn’t postponed, it died before third reading because the province called an election.

It is time for the discussion on Bill 138 to be open and public. There are some issues here. One is why is HRPA so against the idea of openly asking the membership for its opinion? Another is the detail of the proposed bill itself, a bill that would have given HRPA search and seizure rights not even allowed by our police and security forces.