TORONTO – Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberals, made the following statement:
Doug Ford has caved to political pressure from his caucus and put lives at risk. Despite skyrocketing COVID-19 infections, Doug Ford has chosen to relax restrictions in Peel Region. Hospitals in Peel are overcrowded and crying out for help, but Doug Ford isn’t listening. Once again he’s betraying the people of Ontario when they needed him the most.
Peel’s top doctor says the region is the hardest hit in Ontario. With zero help from Doug Ford, Peel has moved forward with their own enhanced measures to halt the growing spread of COVID-19. Thank goodness they have the courage to overrule Doug Ford.
Today it was revealed by Dr. Shady Ashamalla, head of general surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, that Doug Ford’s repeal of stricter controls could delay critical surgeries at the hospital.
It’s well past time for Doug Ford to put politics aside and take the advice of health leaders seriously. The lives and livelihoods of Ontario depend on it.