By: Greg Staley
The NDP MPP for London West, Peggy Sattler gave the gears to the Ford government yesterday during the legislative assembly session for seeking an extension to the emergency orders until December 1st, 2021. You can see the transcript of the conversation here.
The NDPs Peggy Sattler of London West railed against the Premier and his government for seeking an extension to the emergency measures. Sattler said, “there is no possible justification for this one-year extension on the emergency orders unless it is to continue the attack on worker rights that we have seen repeatedly taken by this government since it was elected in 2018.”
Sattler also said that she would question “whether these emergency powers have had any discernible impact on Ontario’s success in dealing with the pandemic.” She pointed out that these emergency orders “allow employers to override collective agreements” and that “they did nothing to prevent the third wave.”
It is a crazy world when I find myself agreeing with the NDP. The emergency measures have been used to override our Charter rights and they haven’t done anything to prevent the “third wave” as Sattler noted. These measures have also allowed employers to “override collective agreements” according to Sattler. For now the vote has been deferred but that could change in the near future.
Perhap what is desirable to the Premier is that these emergency measures allow for him to do as he wishes without having to explain himself to the legislature – perhaps that’s why he wants the extension.
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