Today, MPP Randy Hilliar tabled a bill that would repeal the ban on 'pit bull' type dogs in Ontario.
The bill is now scheduled to be debated in the house on February 23, 2012. If (and hopefully) when the bill passes the 2nd reading, it will go to committee. Then, it will go back to the house for a 3rd reading and then move on to be signed by th Lieutenent Governor, the Queen's Rep in Ontario and for Royal Assent. So, while today is a very positive note, it has a long way to go.
That said, there is a lot of reason to be optimistic.
The repeal bill in Ontario has been sponsored by members of all 3 political parties: Hillier of the Progressive Conservatives, MPP CHeri DiNovo of the New Democratic Party (who has sponsored previous repeal efforts) and MPP Kim Craitor of the Liberal Party. Having sponsors by all three parties will take some of the partisan politics out of the equation that led this to get passed in the first place.
It seems they are finally moving forward in Ontario -- as Hillier notes in his press release:
"This was the worst kind of reactive and short-sighted legislation, and I think we all recognize that it deserves another look....It's great when members of all parties can get together to fix the problems of the past -- and that's just what we're going to do.
"I don't accept that violence is pre-determined. If we had a law like this for humans, we'd call it racism. Why is that acceptable here? I believe that when an owner raises a violent dog, and that dog is involved inan attack, the owner should be punished to the full extent of the law. But there is simply no logic behind the targeting of a single breed of dog."
Agreed. And good luck to our friends in Ontario who are fighting for a repeal of this law -- which has been on the books since 2005.