1. If the amended Dog Owners' Liability Act (2005) came up today for a free rather than a whipped vote as happened in 2005, would you vote in favour of banning breeds as an effective way to protect people from dog bites? Please explain.
Before voting I would want to see any research or study reviewing the effectiveness of this act over the last 6 years, as well as the general trends. From what I have learned so far, some pet owners need training, and education in their choice of pet. I have seen vast improvements in behavior with proper training and care.
2. Please tell our readers why you think the 'pit bull' ban enacted by the McGuinty government has or has not been successful in protecting the public from dog bites.
I think that politicians shouldn’t be legislating without doing thorough research and consultation. There were other requirements in that legislation, so separating out the effects of the breed ban versus the other things will represent a challenge.
3. Would you be willing, if elected, to work to rescind the breed-specific regulations in Ontario's amended Dog Owners' Liability Act Act (2005) and replace them with an existing, easily implemented Canadian system that has been effective in the control of negligent pet owners, that is supported by all responsible pet owners and that once established is fully funded by dog and cat owners rather than through general revenue taxation? Please briefly explain your response.
I am open to learning how quality of life can be improved and public safety can be protected at the same time. If there is a better way to achieve this for our country, I look forward learning about it.
4. Is there anything you'd like to add?
My family inherited a dog named Max from my late father-in law. He was the type of dog that was good with kids and knew that I would rescue him from the affections of my toddler. My neighbors recognized me as the guy with the baby and very old dog. Max passed away from us this past summer. I'm sorry but I don't have a nice picture for you publication.
Good Luck on October 6th!
Dog Legislation Council of Canada