Liberal MPP Mike Colle has abandoned a private member’s bill that would have required landlords to disclose bedbug infestations to new renters and is instead calling on Queen’s Park and Ottawa to adopt a comprehensive anti-bedbug strategy.
“Right now it doesn’t solve the problems,” said Colle of his bill yesterday.
“This scourge is going everywhere. It’s in hospitals, it’s in our movie theatres, it’s in our transit vehicles, it’s in our taxicabs. So I don’t want people to think we’ll do one piece of legislation and these other things will be stopped.”
The bedbug plan Colle unveiled at a Queen’s Park press conference yesterday grew out of feedback he received at the “bedbug summit” he held Sept. 29 for government officials, community advocates, landlord associations, tenant groups and the pest control sector.
NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo, who has put forward a private member’s bill that would deny licenses to landlords who fail bedbug inspections, backed Colle’s plan but said it won’t work without additional legislative reinforcement.