February 18, 2014 Hon.

John Gerretsen, MPP Ministry of the Attorney General 11th Floor 720 Bay Street Toronto, Ontario M5G 2K1 Dear Attorney General Gerretsen, Almost two years ago, the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills ordered the Public Safety Related to Dogs Statute Law Amendment Act, 2012 for third reading. After being voted for by members of all parties, committee members heard from members of the scientific, veterinary and animal welfare communities as to the necessity of passing the Bill, the Committee ordered it for third reading without amendment. Despite those facts, your government has refused to call the Bill forward for third reading or to call its current iteration Bill 112 for debate. I'm asking you to reconsider that decision. Studies from reputed institutions around the world, like the University of British Columbia and the Government of New South Wales, have shown that so-called “pit bulls” are no more aggressive than other dogs and are not responsible for any more dog bites. Additionally, evidence from Canada, the United States and Europe all points to the fact the jurisdictions most successful at addressing dog bite problems are the jurisdictions which punish law-breaking and malignant dog owners, and not family pets. In the past ten years of your government, thousands of law-abiding Canadian dog owners have seen their family pets seized and slaughtered without cause. When will you finally reverse this woeful law? Finally, I would remind you that your government has been petitioned by tens of thousands of Ontario residents that would like to see this law changed, and that the government has an obligation to ensure your policies are consistent with the expectations of the people under whose authority you govern. I look forward to your timely and favourable reply. Sincerely,

Randy Hillier, MPP Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington