QUEEN’S PARK — Interim Official Opposition Leader Peter Tabuns said the NDP will keep fighting for help for families affected by the health care and cost of living crises, after Doug Ford spent the fall session helping his buddies instead of helping everyday people.
“It’s unconscionable that a government would look at the health care crisis in Ontario and let it get any worse,” said Tabuns. “It’s a terrifying time to be a parent. Children's hospitals remain overcapacity. Young people have been transferred outside of their communities to receive care. And now the Red Cross has been called in to help at CHEO.”
Amid the frightening scenarios playing out in Ontario’s hospitals, the Ford government brought forward a Fall Economic Statement that didn’t include a single new penny for health care. More recently, the government indicated that it would appeal a court decision that overturned the wage-capping Bill 124 that has caused an exodus of health care workers.
“Instead of addressing the staffing crisis in health care, Doug Ford’s government has spent the fall session refusing to back down from Bill 124 that is driving nurses away in droves,” said Tabuns. “Instead of investing in our classrooms, the government put families and workers through the wringer for weeks by using kids’ school year as a bargaining chip to bully education workers.
“Mr. Ford spent the fall session helping his buddies instead of families. Ford’s Conservatives plowed ahead with schemes to help land speculators get wealthier by carving up the Greenbelt and ram through legislation to bring minority rule to municipal councils.”
As the legislative session comes to an end, Tabuns vowed that the NDP will keep fighting for the help families need right now. He said that includes urgent action to address the health care crisis and cost of living help for families.
“We should be offering health care workers competitive wages and benefits to fix the staffing crisis in our hospitals,” said Tabuns. “We should be helping people with the skyrocketing cost of living by taking steps like bringing in real rent control and investing in affordable housing.”