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QUEEN’S PARK — Mike Schreiner made the following statement regarding the new State of Emergency:

“Delay in implementing strong public health measures have led to this point. 

And yes, we all need to do our part to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

That means the provincial government needs to do their part too. For too long this government has been dithering. 

Today’s announcement does not change this. Yes, I support a stay at home order, but it is hard to stay at home if you cannot afford to. 

The Premier must act to help Ontarians stay at home by:

  • restoring paid sick leave, 
  • reducing class sizes to allow a safe return to school when public health measures allow
  • providing rent relief, and 
  • increasing staffing and resources in long term care homes. 

The Premier needs to provide us with a concrete goal that people can get behind for what lockdowns will achieve and metrics for additional restrictions and the lifting of restrictions.” 

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