Ford Government Limits Debate & Removes Public Hearings in an Attempt toPush Through Bill 7 Which Pushes Senior Citizens into LTC Homes Not of Their Choosing, Without Consent
“This is extremely undemocratic and is a blatant attempt to trample on seniors’ rights in order to push our most vulnerable into long-term care homes that may be far away, are in staffing crisis, are culturally inappropriate and/or have horrendous records of care.” – Ontario Health Coalition
A News Release from the Ontario Health Coalition, a non-profit citizens organizations dedicated to protecting access to quality health care across Ontario
Posted August 25th, 2022 on Niagara At Large
(A Brief Foreword from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large – I am beginning to wonder why I bother posting pieces like this. The majority of Ontario residents out there didn’t even bother to vote in this spring’s provincial election, so I assume that means you don’t give a damn about what happens to health care, our environment or anything else in the province. You now have the government in this province that you apparently want.)
Yesterday (August 24rtgm 2022), the Ford Government passed a time allocation motion to limit the debate of Bill 7 and allows Second and Third Reading of the Bill to happen on the same day.
Bill 7 (More Beds, Better Care Act) went to second reading yesterday and allows the government to start the process to move seniors waiting for long-term care into LTC homes not of their choosing without their consent.
The time allocation motion limits debate in the Legislature to just two hours for Second Reading and two hours for ThirdReading and they can pass both readings in one day. At the same time, they have advised that they will not be holding public hearings on this bill.
This is extremely undemocratic and is a blatant attempt to trample on seniors’ rights in order to push our most vulnerable into long-term care homes that may be far away, are in staffing crisis, are culturally inappropriate and/or have horrendous records of care.
Holding public hearings is the normal process for passing an important bill like this and we had asked yesterday for our members and supporters to apply for standing to speak out against this horrific piece of legislation in public hearings which we expected to happen. We are sorry that this government has decided to try to bulldoze their new law through without public hearings.
Please write/call/email your Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) to voice your outrage against this bill and the blatant disregard for democracy.
You can find your MPP and their contact information here: https://www.ola.org/en/members/current <https://www.ola.org/en/members/current>
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