The silence from the Ontario premier’s office has been deafening. Hallway medicine is still practiced in Ontario. Do you remember when the jerk told us that it would not be allowed in Ontario? The situation is so bad, hospitals are shutting down their emergency departments. It is so bad that the news media has tracked down Ontario’s new health minister. She says there are no quick fix to Ontario’s health care mess.
And where has the incompetent been who has caused this mess to grow and fester? Has he been busy scaring the fish up on the Muskoka Lakes? Has he been taking an underserved summer holiday at his Muskoka cottage?
But when do our healthcare people get a break? They can’t even get paid properly for their efforts. Stupid tells us that they are great and he won’t even give the nurses a raise in pay. Yet he gave them a bonus payment to stick around. In the midst of inflation hitting over 10 per cent and oil companies and grocery chains are making unconscionable profits, our premier says that our nurses are not worth more than one per cent more in pay.
You know what people do when they cannot get paid a living wage? They change their profession. We are talking to too many skilled nurses who are leaving the profession. They are making more money in sales. They are taking nine-to-five jobs in offices. We have no idea how many have already left the province.
So, what is this government going to do? The health minister in this inept government tells us that they are easing the regulations for foreign-trained nurses to be allowed to work in Ontario. That raises questions: Were we too fussy? Are we compromising our standards? Are we creating another level of standards? And, what is the long-term solution?
And what about teachers? If you think there is a problem with nurses, you haven’t seen nothing yet! The various teacher’s unions are lining up to scalp that twit of a private-schooled education minister. If he lasts through just the first two union negotiations, Ontario residents will be surprised.
Ontario is still going through the serious challenge that the pandemic caused for healthcare and for its residual effects on our citizens. The Ford government was a poor choice of government to address these issues.
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