This afternoon, thousands rallied together to protest Premier Doug Ford’s new health care legislation, and to protect the province’s public health care.
“The Ford government is proposing massive restructuring to hospitals, long-term care, home care, community care, mental health, etc.,” reads a statement from event organizers.
And a document released on behalf of Ontario’s big-city mayors voices concern over the proposition.
“Big-city mayors from across Ontario are extremely concerned that the Government of Ontario is engaging in downloading by stealth – implementing funding and governance changes to municipalities without any consultation, after cities have already approved our budgets,” reads the statement.
“We call on the Government of Ontario to postpone the implementation of these funding cuts to at least 2020, to allow for proper discussion with municipalities and local residents. We call on the Government of Ontario to be transparent about its intentions and engage with cities before downloading more services,” it says.
“LUMCO mayors have invited Premier Ford and Minister Clark to the next LUMCO meeting. We sincerely wish for them to attend, so that we can sit down together to find a better way forward for all Ontarians,” the statement continues.
The massive crowd was filled with Ontarians from all across the province, who stood together in the heart of the city.