July 21st, 2020

NDP: Ford rams through laws that do nothing to help Ontarians when they need it most

QUEEN’S PARK – NDP Official Opposition House Leader Gilles Bisson (Timmins) has issued the following statement:

“Doug Ford has abruptly shut down the Ontario legislature for the summer after ramming through legislation that will do nothing to help Ontarians dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis people across the province are still dealing with. Andrea Horwath and the NDP wanted to use this session to give families and businesses the support they desperately need to stay afloat and get families, schools, child care centres and municipalities back on their feet. Instead, today the government passed three bills that give Ford more power, and help his well-connected insiders at the expense of everyday people.

With Bill 195, Ford hands himself unprecedented and undemocratic powers to make rules in secret behind closed doors. Ford’s own PC MPP Belinda Karahalios (Cambridge) voted against Bill 195, calling it ‘an unnecessary overreach on our parliamentary democracy.’ The official opposition congratulates Ms. Karahalios on her principled stand – for which Doug Ford has punished her by kicking her out of his caucus. It’s clear that Ford is still on a mission to attack anyone who disagrees with him.

Bill 184 makes it easier for landlords to evict tenants, which is the last thing Ontarians need as the pandemic continues and we face a potential second wave of the virus.

And his sweeping omnibus legislation, Bill 197, rolls back environmental protections, lines the pockets of big developers, and even allows boards to appoint directors of education with no teaching qualifications.

The NDP is incredibly disappointed that this session of the legislature has ended without the government giving people the help they need to recover from this pandemic.”