The realities of Conservative cuts are sinking in and Ontarians are feeling the pain and asking: “Is this what we voted for?”
The majority of Ontarians say ‘No, stop the cuts’
Instead of wasting taxpayers’ money on politically motivated and costly court challenges and television commercials and ripping up contracts, Doug Ford and the Conservative government should properly fund the services Ontarians need.
On June 7, the Progressive Conservative government will be celebrating a year of program cuts that hurt the most vulnerable people in Ontario, including privatization and cuts to health care, and cuts to education that will mean less attention for the kids who need it most.
The Conservatives will be celebrating their bad priorities – priorities that put profit over people every step of the way.
The government’s priorities have meant one year of devastating changes from Ford and his cronies at Queen’s Park. One year of the government’s shameful dismantling of our public services and programs. One year of job losses.
Government cuts affect us all, but we can win changes. The government knows that the majority do not support their cuts. Just this week, they responded to public pressure by cancelling retroactive cuts to public health funding. However, cuts will still go forward in the future.
It is the people working together, a unified Power of Many, that will stop the Conservative attacks on Ontario’s most vulnerable and the services we all value most.
On June 7, Ontarians all across the province will take action to keep up the pressure on this government to change course.
Ontarians know everyone must have access to high-quality, publicly funded and delivered public services, regardless of their age, where they live, and how much they earn.
But the PCs have weakened and removed protections meant to keep us safe, instituted a hiring freeze in the public service, privatized our health-care system, and cut funding to key public services like education, health care and social service supports.
Ontario has a revenue problem, not a spending problem.
Instead of giving large corporations $3.8 billion in tax cuts, then cutting cap and trade, which would have brought in $3.0 billion in revenue over the next four years, our government should be increasing taxes on highly profitable businesses and the wealthy to build up revenues.
Ontarians know everyone must be treated fairly regardless of their race, colour, religion, citizenship status, language, disability, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
Instead of building equality, the government has announced a 45 per cent funding cut to Legal Aid, closed the door on refugees and immigrants seeking legal representation for their claims, and has left many without access to justice.
Ontarians know everyone needs healthy, safe, and sustainable workplaces and communities.
Instead of improving safety regulations, the government reduced safety inspections and prevention programs. First, they stopped the proactive workplace inspections that make sure employers are meeting their obligations under the Employment Standards Act. Then they went even further by cutting spending on prevention of workplace and environmental injuries and deaths.
That’s no way to ensure safety at work or in our communities.
Ontarians know we all need decent work laws – laws that are good for working people – not laws that benefit unscrupulous bosses and leave workers scrambling to make ends meet.
However, one of the first things that the PCs did was to scrap the decent work laws that Ontarians fought for and cancel the $15 minimum wage. Now they are looking to restrict or restrain additional wages and benefits for Ontario workers.
This is not a government that puts people first.
Sixty per cent of Ontarians did not vote for the Conservatives in the last election. That means that this government does not have the mandate to make the sweeping, unprecedented changes that will leave many Ontarians without the public services they need.
Ontario spends the smallest amount per person on public services of any province in Canada.
It’s time for this government to realize that publicly delivered services that are available to all are the way to ensure that people in Ontario can thrive instead of struggling just to survive.
This June 7, the people of Ontario will be celebrating for a different reason. Together we will celebrate a year of resistance to these cuts. A year of strengthening our connections to each other. A year of working together for decent work, equality and justice, strong public services, and safe and healthy workplaces and communities.
On June 7 and 8, we will harness the Power of Many with actions across Ontario. There will be people talking about government cuts, rallying at MPP offices, showing the government that we do not want what the PCs are selling and building the resistance.
Together, workers and communities will protect the public services Ontario families depend on.
Join us in sending a message to Doug Ford and the Conservatives.
We are the majority. We are organized. We are resisting.
We are the Power of Many, and we will protect Ontario.
Join us at powerofmany.ca.