Niagara Falls MPP Sends Ford Citizens’ Comments Decrying Any Move To Privatize Health Care

“If (privatizing health care services in Ontario) happens ,it starts the ball rolling on a process that leads our health system to look more and more like that of our neighbours in the U.S.”                   – Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

News from the Constituency Office of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

Posted February 11th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates

Niagara Falls, Ontario —Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates posted a video last week detailing potential healthcare privatization plans leaked to the public by the NDP. In the viral video Gates asked for the public to comment on these potential plans. The video has since reached over 340,000 people and received hundreds of comments which Gates mailed directly to the Premier.

“I asked people to leave a comment with their thoughts on the leaked plans and apparently people had a lot to say,” said Gates. “It’s clear, they are opposed to any outsourcing or privatization of our healthcare system here in Ontario.”

Gates’ office compiled the social media comments, removing the names of residents into a letter for the Premier. Gates said the letter was dozens of pages long and contained hundreds of comments. Gates read every single comment posted.

“Ford knows I’m opposed to privatizing healthcare because I speak out against it every single chance I get,” said Gates. “Because there was no public consultation on the draft bill, I wanted residents to have a chance to voice their opinions.”

The documents leaked by the Ontario NDP found that the Ford government is planning on sending critical health care services to the private sector and opens the door to unprecedented levels of for-profit private health care.

The bill titled the Health System Efficiency Act would allow a new Super Agency to sell any of its services and has slated inspections, laboratories, licensing, devices and Ornge air ambulance services to be outsourced to the private sector.

“Whether the residents are New Democrats, Liberals or Ford voters, I represent them all and I hope the Premier knows these comments come from across the political spectrum – they are opposed to any privatization of our healthcare system,” said Gates. “If this happens it starts the ball rolling on a process that leads our health system to look more and more like that of our neighbours in the U.S.”

To watch a video of Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates discussing this matter and read the comments that have already come in from citizens and perhaps, to shared one of your own, click on –

 

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Wayne Gates Video

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