August 11, 2021 — Ontario Liberal Party Leader, Steven Del Duca sent the following letter to Doug Ford, Andrea Horwath and Mike Schreiner.
“Dear Premier Ford:
I am writing today to request an urgent meeting with you to discuss mandatory vaccines for front-line health care and education workers, and the critical need for an Ontario-wide vaccine certificate. I further ask that the other opposition party leaders be invited to participate in this meeting as well.
More than two weeks ago, Ontario Liberals announced the need for the measures listed above in order to ensure that any fourth wave of COVID-19 that our residents might have endure be as minimal as possible. To date, a number of key stakeholder groups and opinion leaders have joined the ever-increasing chorus of voices urging you to do the right thing and provide responsible and reasonable leadership.
These include: the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, the Ontario Medical Association, the Council of Ontario Universities, Colleges Ontario, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, AdvantAge Ontario and the Ontario Long-term Care Association. The government of Ontario’s own Science Advisory Table has provided similar advice, in particular with respect to the need for a province-wide vaccine certificate.
We have all gone through so much over the past 17 months since the outset of this pandemic. Too many lives tragically lost and too many small businesses closed forever. This is a moment in which to draw upon the lessons you should have learned from previous failures to provide appropriate leadership. With case numbers once again heading in the wrong direction and schools and campuses set to re-open in a few short weeks, let’s work together to get this right, get our vaccination numbers up and keep the people of Ontario safe.
I am prepared to do whatever I can to assist and I look forward to your prompt reply.
Steven Del Duca”