Ford’s fo­cus on Toronto

Mushkegowuk MPP says Pre­mier is ig­nor­ing a much greater cri­sis hap­pen­ing in Kashechewan.

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Dur­ing ques­tion pe­riod on Thurs­day MPP Guy Bour­gouin (NDP — Mushkegowuk-James Bay) said while Pre­mier Doug Ford ob­sesses with Toronto, he is ig­nor­ing the ur­gent needs of the com­mu­nity and chil­dren of Kashechewan whose school was forced to close be­cause of dan­ger­ous con­di­tions. Bour­gouin toured the com­mu­nity on Satur­day and re­lated his ex­pe­ri­ence to Ford and the leg­is­la­ture.

“The com­mu­nity of Kashechewan or­dered their school closed be­cause of the re­pair back­log. There is chronic wa­ter dam­age. The walls grow hot but the fire alarms don’t work. Chil­dren are get­ting lung in­fec­tions and pneu­mo­nia from the mold,” said Bour­gouin.

“What tops the list of con­cerns for my con­stituents is mak­ing sure their chil­dren don’t lose an en­tire school year be­cause their school is fall­ing apart, not uni­lat­er­ally cut­ting Toronto city coun­cil.”

Ford’s Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment took the un­prece­dented step of in­vok­ing the not­with­stand­ing clause to re­duce Toronto city coun­cil, af­ter a judge struck down the gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts.

“This gov­ern­ment has a Toronto ob­ses­sion, and they are ig­nor­ing the ur­gent is­sues fac­ing North­ern On­tario and ru­ral On­tario,” said Bour­gouin.

“Pre­mier, why is vi­o­lat­ing Toron­to­nian’s Char­ter rights a higher pri­or­ity than get­ting the kids of Kashechewan into a safe school they can learn in?”

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