QUEEN’S PARK — Green Party of Ontario Leader, Mike Schreiner, released the next statement in response to the constitutional challenge to Bill 124, the Ford government’s laws that caps wages for provincial staff.
“It’s time for Doug Ford to stop fighting expensive court battles in defence of bad laws.
Fresh off a bruising defeat within the Supreme Court over its refusal to implement the federal carbon tax, the Ford government is back in court this week, attempting to stave off a constitutional challenge to Bill 124.
This at the identical time it’s fighting a Charter challenge from a bunch of young climate activists over its dangerously low emissions reductions targets.
I call on the federal government to do the appropriate thing and immediately repeal Bill 124. It limits annual wage and profit increases for provincial staff, including nurses and teachers, to at least one percent – effectively a wage cut as prices proceed to spiral.
Greens condemned this bill when it was introduced and have been calling for its repeal ever since.
It disrespects and undervalues nurses and other frontline healthcare staff and has been a significant contributor to the present staffing crisis in hospitals and long-term care facilities.
Premier, stop wasting taxpayers’ money defending the indefensible.
Repeal Bill 124 and deal with finding real solutions to the crisis in our healthcare system.”