July 13th, 2020
July 13th, 2020
QUEEN’S PARK — New Democrats are demanding answers on the contract with for-profit, private corporation Switch Health for COVID-19 testing in the Windsor-Essex region.
“We desperately need the province to ramp up and properly coordinate on-farm and in-community testing in the region. Instead a private company with links to the Ford Government has been handed a contract,” said Taras Natyshak, who is the NDP Ethics And Accountability critic, and the MPP for Essex.
“Local mayors and community leaders are asking for more coordination – not a decentralized, privatized approach.”
Natyshak and the NDP believe Doug Ford needs to answer the following questions:
Switch Health, the private for-profit health corporation Ford is bringing in, registered Jeff Silverstein in April to lobby Ford for a piece of the COVID-19 testing. Silverstein is the former Executive Director of PC Party Caucus Services, and creator of Ford’s infamous propaganda channel, OntarioNewsNow.
“This reeks of a favour to a buddy,” said Natyshak. “It might be what’s best for Switch’s profit margins, but it’s not what’s best for the Windsor-Essex region, which deserves a fully coordinated and properly executed public strategy.”
A job listing shows Switch hiring nurses away from their health care jobs in the Windsor area, to join their corporation for the purpose of this contract: https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:sJevjknF81AJ:https://ca.indeed.com/viewjob%3Fjk%3Dbce1e31718f12b90+&cd=5&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=ca