Ontario’s NDP and Liberal Leaders Slam What They Characterize as Ford’s Nothing Burger of a Throne Speech

“Today’s Speech from the Throne is disappointing for everyday families and working folks in Ontario,” … If I were Premier today, we would be investing in health care and our kids instead of cutting deeper. We’d be standing up for local business – not big box stores. And we’d be protecting workers – not Ford’s buddies.”       – Ontario NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

“During an incredibly difficult year for us all, we have been left to rely on a government content to do as little as possible, as late as possible. Today’s Speech from the Throne is no exception to that disappointing trend.”                                                                                – Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca

News Releases from the Offices of Ontario’s NDP and Liberal Leaders in Response to this Monday, October 4th Speed from the Throne

Posted October 4th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

(Note to Readers – Niagara At Large is yet to receive news from Ontario’s Ford government on today’s Throne Speech or we would have already posted it. Hmm.)

Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath vows to keep fighting for  health care, schools and small businesses needs.

Ontario NDP Official Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath

QUEEN’S PARK — Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath vowed to keep fighting for the support health care, schools and small businesses need to get through the pandemic safely and come back strong, after they were left out of the Speech from the Throne.

“Today’s Speech from the Throne is disappointing for everyday families and working folks in Ontario,” said Horwath. “By announcing nothing new whatsoever to help patients, students, workers, or small business, Doug Ford made it clear again: he’s not here for you and he still doesn’t want to spend the money on you.”

The Speech from the Throne follows revelations that Ford withheld $5.6 billion meant to protect Ontarians from COVID-19 over the last year.

“I’ll never give up on fighting for the support our health care system, our children’s schools and small businesses need to get through the pandemic safely, and come back strong,” said Horwath. “If I were Premier today, we would be investing in health care and our kids instead of cutting deeper. We’d be standing up for local business – not big box stores. And we’d be protecting workers – not Ford’s buddies.”

Throughout the legislative session, Horwath said Ontario’s New Democrats will keep fighting for:

1. A plan to hire thousands of nurses and personal support workers and shorten painful waits for backlogged surgeries

2. A safe schools plan with smaller class sizes, hiring teachers and education workers

3. Mandatory vaccines for health and education workers

4. A round of grants to help local businesses get back on their feet

5. Safety zones and proper enforcement of vaccine certificates

Only Ontario Liberals Are Fighting For Parents, For Our Most Vulnerable, And For Frontline Workers

A News Release from the Office of Ontario Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca

TORONTO – Ontario Liberal Leader, Steven Del Duca issued the following statement:

Ontario Liberal Leaader Steven Del Duca

“During an incredibly difficult year for us all, we have been left to rely on a government content to do as little as possible, as late as possible. Today’s Speech from the Throne is no exception to that disappointing trend.

Parents, especially working mothers, were looking for a promise of $10/day childcare, but they were abandoned.

Students, and their families, were looking for safe classrooms and support to help with their recovery and make up for lost learning. Yet the word education wasn’t used once in the speech.

Our most vulnerable were hoping for stronger vaccine mandates, without the dangerous loopholes that have been part of every vaccine measure introduced by Doug Ford, but they were forgotten.

Workers on the frontlines have been betrayed, once again left to work without the 10 days of provincially-funded paid sick leave they deserve.

None of the priorities Ontario Liberals highlighted last week were included in today’s speech. Only Ontario Liberals are fighting for parents, for our most vulnerable, and for frontline workers.”

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