Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19 Bulletin: May 21

Published on May 21, 2020

Here are today’s new developments: 

  Here are some concerns the Official Opposition  is working on, and solutions we’re pushing for:

  • The Official Opposition provided a “fact check” to the Ford government’s re-announcement today of $20 million for health research into a COVID-19 vaccine – a year ago, Premier Doug Ford gutted medical research capacity in Ontario with a $25-million cut to the Health System Research Fund, part of $51-million his government cut from Health Policy and Research.

Just imagine how much further ahead these research projects could be if they had been firing on all cylinders when this pandemic began,” Official Opposition Research and Innovation critic Catherine Fife said.

  • Official Opposition Ethics critic Taras Natyshak joined Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath in calling for the Ford government to explain why at least four top Ford allies registered to lobby the Ontario government on behalf of the big three, for-profit long-term care corporations.
  • During yesterday's question period, the Official Opposition’s Workplace Health and Safety critic, Wayne Gates, called for frontline workers to get the PPE and safety protections they desperately need, reminding Ford that 17 per cent of Ontario’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 are health care workers.