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22nd of July 2018

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PCs press pause on ticket resale price capping

TORONTO — Ontario’s newly-elected Progressive Conservative government confirmed Wednesday it has delayed a law which would have capped sports and concert ticket resale prices at 50% above original face value will not immediately move ahead.

“The previous government attempted to institute a cap on ticket resales with no way to enforce that cap, resulting in less consumer protection,” Ford spokesman Simon Jefferies said. “We have paused the implementation of this section until we can review this provision in full to make sure it is in the best interest of Ontarians.”

The provisions in the new Ticket Sales Act are contained in omnibus consumer protection legislation that also includes strengthening rules around home warranties, real estate practices and travel services in Ontario.

The Liberal government passed the bill back in December 2017 and it was set to come into effect on July 1.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath slammed Ford for putting the brakes on the consumer protections. The indefinite delay will mean ticket resellers can continue to “scoop up swaths of tickets and gouge families on their resale”, she said.

“Doug Ford has taken the side of scalper-bots, helping them to rip off and gouge Ontario families without an end in sight,” Horwath said.

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