TORONTO – Steven Del Duca, Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party, issued the following statement:
“Like almost all Ontarians, I have no faith in Doug Ford’s ability to rapidly and effectively distribute COVID-19 vaccinations, and deal with the ongoing crisis in our nursing homes. So today, I am urging the Premier to request immediate assistance from the Canadian Armed Forces who are well-positioned to provide important logistical leadership and support.
Ontario’s response to COVID-19 has consistently lagged behind other provinces. And we now know that our province’s vaccination rollout is weeks behind schedule, with tens of thousands of doses still sitting in freezers. At the same time, numbers of new cases grow to record levels and the tragedy unfolding in our nursing homes continues to spiral out of control with far too many loved ones being lost.
It is no longer good enough for Doug Ford to offer up empty platitudes and confusing talking points. This is an all-hands-on-deck moment for Ontario that requires meaningful leadership, and the buck stops with Doug Ford. He needs to pick up the phone and make this request in order to regain control, distribute vaccinations rapidly and protect the people of our province.”