QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition House Leader Gilles Bisson (Timmins) has issued the following statement:
“Premier Doug Ford has abruptly shut down the Ontario legislature for the summer after ramming through legislation that will do nothing to help Ontarians dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis people across the province are still dealing with. Andrea Horwath and the Official Opposition wanted to use this session to give families and businesses the support they desperately need to stay afloat and get families, schools, child care centres and municipalities back on their feet. Instead, today the government passed three bills that give Ford more power, and help his well-connected insiders at the expense of everyday people.
Bill 184 makes it easier for landlords to evict tenants, which is the last thing Ontarians need as the pandemic continues and we face a potential second wave of the virus.
Bill 195 hands unprecedented and undemocratic powers to allow Ford to make rules in secret behind closed doors.
And his sweeping omnibus legislation, Bill 197, rolls back environmental protections, lines the pockets of big developers, and even allows boards to appoint directors of education with no teaching qualifications. Even Ford’s own MPP Belinda Karahalios voted against Bill 197, calling it ‘an unnecessary overreach on our parliamentary democracy’.
The Official Opposition is incredibly disappointed that this session of the legislature has ended without the government giving people the help they need to recover from this pandemic.”