Ontario’s Ford Government Votes to Back For-Profit Long-Term Care Corporations

This Past Tuesday, October 20th, the Doug Ford government Voted In Favour Of Protecting For-Profit Companies’ Role In Ontario’s Long-Term Care System

A Statement from Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

Posted October 21st. 2020 on Niagara At Large

Ontario NDP and Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath saw her motion to end for-profit long-term care services in the province defeated by the Ford government

QUEEN’S PARK — On Tuesday,  October 20th, the Doug Ford government voted in favour of protecting for-profit companies’ role in Ontario’s long-term care system, rather than replacing them with a better non-profit and public system.

That vote was in response to a motion tabled by Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath, who released the following statement in response:

“The COVID-19 pandemic ravaged long-term care homes because the system is a disaster – and it’s been getting worse for decades as Liberal and Conservative governments have allowed for-profit corporations to rush in, and cut corners in order to pocket bigger profits.

We can put an end to the days of short-changing our loved ones to pad the profits of private shareholders, and instead put every last dollar into better care, a better quality of life for aging Ontarians, and more peace of mind for families. But we need a government willing to put people before profits when it comes to long-term care.

Instead, the Ford government is protecting long-term care corporations that had our parents and grandparents live and die in horrible conditions.

It should come as no surprise that Ontario’s Tory Premier Doug Ford would continue to back for-profit corporatoins running long-term care homes in the province. Here he is, at right, with old friend and mentor, Mike Harris, a former Ontario Tory premier who first allowed for profit corporations to buy up long-term care homes and who now sits on the board of one of those corporations, and then-Ontario Tory leader and now Mayor of Brampton Patrick Brown n in the middle. So Amen to getting the profit out of long-term care homes in Ontario now or to doing anything much further to regulate them.

If I were premier today, I’d be making a record investment into making all long-term care public and not for profit and building 50,000 new beds — giving our parents and grandparents a better quality of life, and giving their families more peace of mind.”

For a related story, highlighting NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s motion urging the Ontario government to purge the profit motive in play in far too long-term care homes across the province and posted on Niagara At Large this October 20th, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2020/10/20/ontario-ndp-leader-calls-for-getting-for-profit-corporations-out-of-long-term-care/

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One response to “Ontario’s Ford Government Votes to Back For-Profit Long-Term Care Corporations

  1. We need title searches on these homes. This will point to USA ownership where the profits are going and, that they are for profit-driven.

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