Ontario government making it easier to say, I'm sorry

Apology Act will make it easier to acknowledge mistakes

 

Toronto (9 Oct. 2008) - The Ontario government is introducing legislation that will make it easier for citizens to say, I'm sorry.

Attorney General Chris Bentley and Health Minister David Caplan say the Apology Act, if passed, will mean apologies can be offered without risk of such statements being be used as evidence in a subsequent court case.

Caplan said the legislation will be particularly useful for employees such as health care workers, who are often advised not to apologize for a mistake or unfortunate event out of fear they might be sued.

The Apology Act was first introduced as a private member's bill in April by Liberal David Orazietti. Evidence shows that similar laws in other jurisdictions have increased the number of apologies made and decreased the number of court actions, he says.

British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have similar apology laws along with 35 U.S. states.

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