Chris Arnold, Ottawa lawyer, mediator, collaborative law specialist, University of Ottawa law professor, shared this statement with us last week on LinkedIn. (Reproduced below with his permission).
“(…) My experience with Tarion (when I did real estate and civil lit): a massive fr…..d on homebuyers. Tarion masquerades as consumer protection but I’ve seen nothing but a mix of incompetence and combativeness, where every technicality is used to deny coverage. Builders love it, waving the empty “protection” like a flag or hiding behind it. – Rarely forced to fix errors. Recourse? The License Appeal Tribunal (same body where appeals of hot-dog vendor licenses go). Take a sec and e-mail/call your MPP to ask them to support this Bill”. …..Chris Arnold
Thank you, Chris, for speaking up for Ontario consumers. Thank you for underlining the urgent need for a major overhaul of Tarion’s UN-transparent, UN-accountable system. We agree with you, we need to support Bill 60 to bring transparency and accountability to Tarion.
Premier Wynne and her new Minister Orazietti have made it known they prefer to tinker around the edges of their out-dated, lax “DAA” accountability model. With a shaky track record so far on oversight of arms-length agencies of the government, this seems like the ostrich sticking its head in the sand. Perhaps the Liberals have backed themselves into a corner, having received substantial donations for their re-election from the building industry. Perhaps its pay-back time.
Who can explain to us why Premier Wynne continues to promise us transparency and accountability, but refuses to apply these principles to Tarion Warranty Corporation? The Premier has yet to show us there is ANY system of checks and balances keeping this monopoly “honest” towards the consumer.