• Lobbying Kills Right to Repair Bill in Ontario



    Some 20 states south of the border are currently considering right to repair legislation, but the province of Ontario could have beat them all in enshrining it into law. That is, if lobbying by big tech companies hadn't killed a proposed bill before it even had a chance.

    This is the bold claim of new reporting by Motherboard, and there seems to be credible evidence to back it up.

    The bill was introduced by Member of Provincial Parliament Michael Coteau last February, with the aim of putting manuals, tools and parts in the hands of independent repair shops and consumers. Here's what happened next:

    After proposing the bill, he was approached by Electronics Product Stewardship Canada (EPSC)—an industry group that represents Apple, Panasonic, and other major tech companies.

    The group’s collective position, Coteau said, was that the bill would compromise companies’ intellectual property rights and that home repair was a public safety issue, meaning “that it’s dangerous for people to open up electronic devices and fix it themselves, that it could harm them,” Coteau said.
    Last Thursday the bill had its second reading at Queen's Park and was stopped dead in its tracks, with strong resistance from Progressive Conservative MPPs—some of them parroting the exact same concerns as the EPSC.

    Mobile Syrup also interviewed MPP Coteau, who spoke of plans to introduce right to repair legislation federally. Unfortunately Canadians will have to wait until after the fall election for that.

    Sources: Mobile Syrup, Motherboard

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    Comments 4 Comments
    1. Morphling27's Avatar
      Morphling27 -
      It could harm them? Wow... maybe don't make a product so easily able to murder its user?
    1. veriztd's Avatar
      veriztd -
      I guess the rights of the manufacturer outweighs the rights of the consumer ?? We know where the priority of the government remains.
    1. photoeditor's Avatar
      photoeditor -
      The Conservatives killed off right to repair in the Ontario parliament, and you can be sure that if they win the federal election, they'll kill it in Ottawa as well. They're clearly just following instructions from the electronics manufacturers.
    1. Ipse's Avatar
      Ipse -
      Quote Originally Posted by photoeditor View Post
      The Conservatives killed off right to repair in the Ontario parliament, and you can be sure that if they win the federal election, they'll kill it in Ottawa as well. They're clearly just following instructions from the electronics manufacturers.
      I wish folks would actually read the whole story...NDP voted the same way. Are they "bought" too and only Liberals have integrity? Where was this bill in the 15 years the Libs bled the province dry?
      I'm not happy that the bill was shut down, but let's call a spade a spade.