Ontario To Repeal Public Works Protection Act
McGuinty Government Accepts McMurtry Recommendations
Ontario will introduce legislation that, if passed, will repeal the Public Works Protection Act (PWPA), as recommended by former Ontario Chief Justice Roy McMurtry in his report that is being released today.
The province will begin consultations on replacement legislation necessary to protect essential infrastructure including courthouses and nuclear power facilities. The need for such legislation was identified in Mr. McMurtry's review.
Mr. McMurtry was asked to lead a detailed review of the provisions of the PWPA in September 2010.
His report makes three recommendations.
- The PWPA should be repealed, after consultation with stakeholders to identify specific security needs.
- New court security legislation should be passed.
- New power generation station security legislation should be passed.
The province plans to introduce legislation by the end of the year.
- Mr. McMurtry served for 10 years as Attorney General of Ontario, and later as Chief Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario. He was selected as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2009.
“I would like to thank the Honourable Mr. McMurtry for his review and recommendations. We will act immediately on these recommendations by consulting on more focussed replacement legislation that will balance the security of essential infrastructure with civil liberties.”