Ford’s PC MPPs voted unanimously against NDP Leader Andrea Horwath Motion To Launch Find-And-Fix Public Inquiry
A Statement from Ontario NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath
Posted May 20th, 2020 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath released the following statement after the Ford government voted down an NDP motion (tabled this May 19th) calling for a full, independent public inquiry into Ontario’s long-term care system:
“It’s unconscionable for the Ford government to refuse to launch a full, independent public inquiry into how badly Ontario’s long-term care system has failed vulnerable seniors, and how to fix it.
“Voting no to a public inquiry is salt in the wound of families grieving the loss of loved ones to COVID-19 in long-term care, and for health care heroes who are run off their feet and still pleading for personal protective equipment. It is a cause for us all to worry that the painful, dangerous, decades-in-the-making problems in long-term care are not going to change.
“To fix the system, we need to give a voice to seniors, workers, experts, and families who’ve lost loved ones. We need to closely examine the role of private, for-profit corporations in long-term care.
“The NDP wants this public inquiry to be find-and-fix — which means we can urgently address the problems in long-term care as soon as they’re identified. In fact, we could start that today with a permanent $4 raise for personal support workers, by creating minimum care hours for each resident, and with regular mandatory comprehensive inspections.
“For the government to review the government with a behind-closed-doors government-controlled commission is not good enough. People deserve better.”
To read the Ford Government’s announcement this May 19th to launch an independent commission to review problems in Ontario’s long-term care facilities, including a brief comment from Niagara At Large reporter Doug Draper, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/05/19/ontario-government-announces-independent-commission-into-long-term-care/ .
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