Ford’s focus on Toronto
Mushkegowuk MPP says Premier is ignoring a much greater crisis happening in Kashechewan.
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?”