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Licensed commercial pilots who drive planes full of passengers and young soldiers who drive armoured tanks around Afghanistan won’t be able to drive their friends to hockey practice in Ontario under proposed Liberal legislation, Opposition leader Bob Runciman said Monday.

“Legislators have no monopoly on good policy. That’s why the people who are going to be most affected by this legislation need to have their say,” said Runciman.

“Our caucus has received hundreds of phone calls and letters about it,” he noted. “To let these voices go unheard is highly-undemocratic.”

Runciman reiterated the PC party’s call for public hearings into Bill 126, the proposed legislation that has drawn ire from thousands of Ontarians.

In the legislature on Monday, he pointed out young parents who car-pool children to day care no longer will be able to under this bill.

“We hope this bill won’t become the latest in a long line of Liberal legislation that hasn’t received the consultation and debate they deserve, but are instead rammed through the legislature,” said Runciman.

“That behaviour cannot be allowed to continue, and this bill should be where the buck stops.”

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