GUELPH – Mike Schreiner, released the following statement in response to a report that the government’s internal briefing documents confirm that Bill 124 has contributed to the staffing crisis in Ontario’s healthcare system.
“The fact that the Premier knew Bill 124 was contributing to the crisis in our healthcare system, refused to repeal it and is now doubling down on it is a blatant dereliction of his duty as Premier to protect the health of the people of this province. He must be held accountable.
It’s long past time for the Premier and Health Minister to be honest with people about the harm Bill 124 continues to cause to Ontario’s healthcare system.
Instead they continue to insist that everything is under control as they waste taxpayer money appealing a Superior Court ruling striking down the wage suppression legislation as unconstitutional.
Bill 124 undervalues and disrespects nurses and other healthcare workers. The consequences are there for all to see: a healthcare system in crisis.
The Premier’s reckless determination to defend this unjust and unconstitutional legislation is shameful – and another slap in the face of the people who have sacrificed so much for us during the pandemic.
It’s time to end this petty campaign against the people who care for us.
Once again I call on the Premier to stop wasting taxpayers’ money, drop the Bill 124 appeal and act immediately to ensure that frontline workers have the wages, benefits and working conditions they deserve.”