Gilles Bisson MPP Timmins

Government of Ontario

COVID-19: May 5

Published on May 5, 2020

Here are today’s new developments:

  • Today saw a steep drop in Ontario's COVID-19 testing numbers, and Premier Ford--who has continuously moved the goalposts on testing targets, then failed to meet them--kicking the blame to some of the province's regional public health units -- Opposition Leader Andrea Horwath criticized the premier's comments, noting Ford "determines how many public health units and labs we have, and how much funding they get, and he's the one that spent the last year battling these organizations to make cuts to them."

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

 

  • The Official Opposition said today's shocking drop in testing numbers shows the Ford government is failing to ramp up testing to meet its new, lowered target, while using testing data to justify re-opening parts of the economy.
  • The Official Opposition is calling for a package of supports to ensure agribusinesses and rural economies in Ontario can weather the storm of COVID-19, noting that the the provincial government has left the farming industry and rural communities to fend for themselves.