Can Ontario make it to next June? That will be our first chance to get rid of the worst provincial government in Ontario since the bumbling of Mike Harris. It is terrible to think that liberal Dalton McGinty bored us for ten years and we tolerated liberal Kathleen Wynne for the following five years. Neither was as destructive as conservative Doug Ford and his incompetents.
While many might consider it malfeasance, the Ford government is certainly guilty of nonfeasance (the failure to act when needed). The government has failed us in protecting us from Covid-19. The erratic series of lockdowns and rules of the pandemic made the government and its medical advisors look foolish and its half-measures on vaccines are prolonging the agony.
But the destructiveness of demolition Doug and his demolition crew have torn the heart out of what was a fairly decent health-care system. The conservatives phony 2019 bill 124, foolishly named ‘Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations,’ has come home to haunt them. At a time when we are experiencing inflation at over four per cent, you cannot keep holding the nurses to a one per cent limit to any raises. Nurses are walking away from their profession. Many are leaving the province looking for better treatment in environments not unnecessarily strapped for cash.
Doug cannot be derelict in supporting teachers and healthcare workers, while building unnecessary highways to nowhere to please his developer friends.
The incompetence is underlined when our premier tells us that he cannot mandate vaccines for healthcare workers because we cannot afford to lose more of them. The unvaccinated will certainly help to keep the pandemic with us.
What is pathetic though is long term care minister Rod Phillips—you remember the conservative cabinet member who holidayed in the Caribbean while Ontario was under lockdown. Phillips is busy making promises to support ‘for-profit’ long term care with new rules. The new rules will hardly matter if no inspections are used to follow through.
Doug Ford is running a demolition derby down at Queen’s Park in Toronto. His bluster and incompetence are not what Ontario needs today. And hardly needs at any time.
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