TORONTO – Ontario Liberal Leader, Steven Del Duca issued the following statement:
“Today’s announcement has made clear what we already know to be true — Doug Ford isn’t following the science, and isn’t planning for a safe or supportive return to in-person learning.
More than one month ago, Ontario Liberals proposed a real plan to get our kids back in classrooms safely and with the support they need. The plan called for a cap on class sizes at 20, prioritized in-person learning, more mental health support, more support for kids with special needs, and suspending the 2022 EQAO testing.
Ontario Liberals are also the only party with the courage to follow the science on mandatory vaccinations for frontline workers in education and healthcare. Both Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath have come out against mandatory vaccinations for frontline staff in education and healthcare. Their lack of political courage is jeopardizing another school year for our students — Ontario’s third school year to be impacted by COVID-19.
Doug Ford is abandoning our children, parents, and education workers. Ontario Liberals are the only party with a real plan to ensure our kids can be safe and successful when they return to school in September.”