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TORONTO – Steven Del Duca, Ontario Liberal Party Leader, made the following statement:
Today, the government announced legislation that will protect workers from losing their job due to COVID-19. I think this is the right action to take though I continue to urge the government to provide paid sick leave to workers.
I am encouraged that today’s announcement eliminates sick notes during this crisis. This is a much-needed step and I am happy the government has acted on it.
During this crisis, we must take care of Ontario’s most vulnerable children. Many students depend on school breakfast and lunch programs, I hope a future announcement will announce support for these students. I will continue to raise this in my meetings with government members.
At the next opportunity, I will encourage the government to continue to do what’s needed to support our economy, and in particular to help small and medium-sized businesses – especially those who operate close to the margins.
Ontario owes a deep debt of gratitude to our own healthcare workers and their families. I hope the government will do everything they can to support our healthcare workers as this crisis continues.
I know this is a stressful time for Ontarians. We must do everything we can to be responsible. That includes washing our hands, sneezing into our elbows, not visiting our elderly family, and buying a prudent but not excessive amount of groceries and supplies.