Ford Puts Health of Ontarians at Risk With Cuts to Emergency Services and Telemedicine

Meanwhile, Some of Ford’s MPPs were attending a “Pro-Life” Rally, Speaking Out for the Unborn.

“Boy, these conservatives are something, aren’t they? They’re all in favour of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own.” – the late American comedian and social critic George Carlin


A News Release from Ontario’s Official Opposition Party

Posted May 9th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper –

Queen’s Park legislature in Toronto, Ontario

An interesting juxtaposition occurred in and outside the walls of Ontario’s Queen’s Park legislature this Thursday, May 9th.

Inside, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath and other members of her Opposition Party caucus were going after Premier Doug Ford and his government for recent budget cuts to ambulances and other health care, and education and environmental protection – services that can mean the difference between life and death, or a quality life for many Ontarians.

Outside, a number of Ford’s government members were on the lawns of Queen’s Park supporting a rally staged by thousands of anti-abortion activists from across the province.

“For 50 years, Canadian pre-born children have been under attack. The human rights of the littlest citizens of our country have been ignored and their lives taken without their choice,” Niagara West MPP and Ford government member Sam Oosterhoff said to those attending the rally. “We pledge to fight to make abortion unthinkable in our lifetime.”

Asked by news reporters later about his appearance at the rally, Oosterhoff replied; “I’ve always said I am pro-life.”


What is your definition of pro-life?

If any person is a true pro-life advocate, this Pope is. And no, I’m not a Catholic.

I find it hard to buy anyone calling themselves pro-life when  they are  part and parcel of a government that is cutting health care, social assistance, education and programs and policies for protecting our environment and other endangered life forms on this planet.

Pope Francis, the current head of the Catholic Church, is also anti-abortion, but he is also an advocate for access to quality services for all, including those who find themselves sick, hungry and poor, and he is in favour of taking strong and immediate action, and in making whatever sacrifices it might take to stave off environmental disasters.

That is pro-life.

You know, it’s almost too bad that people can’t somehow remain in the fetal stage. Maybe these holier-than-thou, right wing anti-abortionists, who are all in favour of shrinking the role of government when it comes social assistance and protecting our environment, but don’t mind having it right in a woman’s face when it comes to her body and reproductive rights,  would show more interest in making sure people have the services they need.

As the late American comedian and social critic George Carlin once put it; “Boy these conservatives are something, aren’t they? They’re all in favour of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own.”

Now let’s get to the NDP news release about the Ford government’s cuts to health care services across the province –

Queen’s Park – During question period Wednesday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath blasted Doug Ford for this latest attacks on health care — cuts to the Telemedicine Network and ambulance and paramedic services.

Meanwhile, inside the Queen’s Park legislature, they were debating cuts to ambulance and other health care-related services in Niagara and other regions of the province.

Municipalities report that ambulance and paramedic services will see their funding frozen at 2017 levels, and the Ontario Telemedicine Network has been forced to eliminate 44 frontline staff jobs.

“By freezing funding for ambulance and paramedics, Doug Ford is jeopardizing the emergency services that Ontarians’ lives depend on,” said Horwath.  “Ford’s cuts to Telemedicine are irresponsible, and he needs to explain to the thousands of people and families across the province who rely on the services that enable them to connect with nurses and doctors why he just laid off 44 people who provide them with the care they need.

Doug Ford was clearly just making stuff up when he claimed no government employee would lose their job as a result of his cuts. That claim is about as credible as his promise that parents of children with autism would never have to demonstrate on the lawns of Queen’s Park again.”

Ford previously claimed that access to virtual medicine would expand to make up for his cuts, making these new cuts to Telemedicine even more egregious.

Ford’s cut will have a particularly devastating impact on rural and Northern Ontarians, since they rely on Telemedicine to access specialists<> in Ontario’s larger cities.

(A Footnote from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper – At least a few people who visit this news and commentary site regularly may be saying; “Gee Doug, this is the third time you took a shot at Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff this week.

My response is that I certainly didn’t mean to.

Between Mr. Oosterhoff’s  constituency office staff calling the police earlier in the week on members of a senior’s book club protesting funding cuts to public libraries, and this latest confusion over where the real life-and-death debate was taking place – inside e the provincial legislature where cuts to health care and other services for Ontarians  are on the table, or outside where  anti-abortionists were rallying – the Niagara West MPP has got to stop making it so easy.)

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For a commentary Doug Draper posted on NAL earlier in the week on the police being called over seniors protesting at the Niagara West MPP’s constituency office over library service cuts, click on – .

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2 responses to “Ford Puts Health of Ontarians at Risk With Cuts to Emergency Services and Telemedicine

  1. You are right in many ways. The worry that will cut across the province as paramedics arrive later. The indifference to children alive but disadvantaged by cutting school funding and libraries. Oosterhoff has had a more public dissemination of his awful approach to other people, but he regularly says, does or tweets something that makes him sound like a immature 14 year old. No point in trying to get a reply from him or his office. He made dumb comment to Chris Bittle on twitter. Bittle replied back pointing out certain problems in Sam’s tweet. Sam did not respond. Funny yet sad tweet May 6 “teaching a course from JA Ontario on financial literacy.” JA says proudly that people with experience in business teach students. He;s not old enough to have experience. I understand he is easily distracted by butterflies. Thanks for speaking out about these important issues


  2. Well said, as usual Doug.
    The inexplicable, indefensible actions of this government are impossible to understand. Time and again Ford has revealed his absolute lack of understanding of any process of government.
    For example – when asked about Oosterhoff’s inappropriate speech/stance on abortion, Ford referred the question to the Minister of Energy Mines – a public demonstration of incompetence and lack of knowledge of that question or the mandate of that Ministry. What “Premier” could possibly connect those two? Plus – abortion is not a provincial issue.
    Back in 1986 in BC when then Premier Bill VanderZalm delivered an anti abortion speech in the BC Legislature he drew intense criticism.
    VanderZalm was also a member of the Dutch Reform Church. The then Minister of Health quashed it all immediately by reminding everyone that was NOT a matter for Provincial discussion.
    Perhaps Oosterhoff needs to revisit relevant jurisdictional responsibilities and precedents. He and Ford would also benefit from doing some homework and learning what social responsibility means in terms of serving the best interests of ALL voters.


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