The Ontario Health Coalition (OHC) is organizing a rally at the Ontario Legislature for Tuesday at noon, which is expected to attract thousands of concerned citizens from around the province.
"The budget this government is force-feeding us will choke our education, health care, social policies, environment and youth in need, while fattening bureaucrats, the private sector and the horse racing industry", said Midland Coun.
The group also criticized the province for merging local health bureaucracies into a larger entity, saying the change won't improve patient care.
According to OHC, all of the proposed changes were not mentioned during the provincial election.
Premier Doug Ford has said that some management-level positions will be eliminated as part of the planned merger of 20 provincial health agencies, but that no front-line workers will be out of a job. On May 1, a general strike has been scheduled to protest Ford's recent cuts and policy changes, which include cutting library services funding by 50%, a $1-billion reduction in funding to Toronto Public Health over the next decade, and cutting funding for provincial flood programs in half, to name a few.
"We're committed to strengthening our public health care system", she said.
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When Varney asked Ford about Trump's influence on the Ontario government, Ford shot back with the remark, "Well, I don't know, we were in politics well before the president was". An up to date list of the cuts is available on the Health Coalition website https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/.
She also insisted that Ontario does not plan to further privatize the health-care system.
City officials have warned that the cuts will jeopardize school nutrition services, dental programs and restaurant inspections.
Mayor John Tory is calling on the Doug Ford government to reconsider its funding decisions.
A crowd gathers at Queen's Park on April 30, 2019, to protest the healthcare cuts by the Ford government.
As the Conservatives continue to dismiss the impact of their cuts to public health, the City of Toronto is speaking out with increasing urgency about the devastating consequences the funding claw-back will have. "To take another billion dollars out - it's just insane... we can't cut anymore and to not even consult the people that are on the frontlines". He is spending millions to fight the federal government's carbon levy in court - money that could have been used to maintain services and programs.