July 16th, 2020

Ford’s lack of action has held back Windsor-Essex

ESSEX — Doug Ford should be taking action to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Windsor-Essex, where municipal leaders are now calling for Ford to step up and manage the 14-day quarantine period for migrant workers.

COVID-19 has killed three migrant farm workers, and infected hundreds. Ford has held the region back from re-opening because the virus continues to sweep through, but has not tested the majority of farm workers, or managed the quarantine of workers arriving from other countries.

“Doug Ford is campaigning on a vanity tour of the province while our region is still crying out for help,” said Taras Natyshak, MPP for Essex. “For months, we have been calling on Ford to take action, and make the necessary investment to get outbreaks under control. He still refuses to do that and it’s families and local businesses that are left to suffer the consequences of his failures.”

Just last month, the Financial Accountability Officer for Ontario released a report showing that Windsor-Essex is the hardest hit region for pandemic-related job losses.

“The reality here is that businesses and workers are struggling, and the province is barely lifting a finger to help,” said Natyshak.