“He (Premier Doug Ford) shuttered the Legislature for the entire summer and the grand plan he came back with is one that fails the residents of Niagara and Ontario in every possible way.”
A News Release from the Niagara Falls Constituency Office of NDP MPP Wayne Gates
Posted October 4th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
QUEEN’S PARK —Niagara Falls NDP MPP Wayne Gates reacted to the Ford Government’s Throne Speech Monday morning, calling the speech a disappointment for Niagara.
“How can the Premier say he’s investing in healthcare and yet not say a single word about getting our New Niagara Falls Hospital built?
If you live in this community you have seen firsthand the urgent need for that hospital before the pandemic began, now that we’re two years into a health crisis it’s ridiculous that our Premier is still not getting shovels in the ground,” said Gates “to make matters worse, the throne speech said nothing about plans to hire the nurses and PSWs we desperately need, or to repeal bill 124 so they can get the pay they deserve. Calling them heroes and then refusing to support them is the definition of hypocrisy”.
The Throne Speech came on the heels of a report that showed Ford withheld $5.6 billion in funding meant to protect residents from COVID over the last year.
“We have childcare centres closing down left and right in Niagara because they’re struggling to find staff, there wasn’t one word about that. We have businesses still struggling with the pandemic and yet Ford won’t even recognize our calls for a new round of funding to support local Niagara businesses.
“He shuttered the Legislature for the entire summer and the grand plan he came back with is one that fails the residents of Niagara and Ontario in every possible way,” said Gates.
“We need a plan to protect local businesses, not big box stores, to urgently get more nurses, PSWS and childcare staff to Niagara and to ensure they’re paid properly. We need a plan to get our hospital built. Those are urgent requirements that were sorely missing from today’s Throne Speech,” said Gates.
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