ONTARIO NDP DEPUTY LEADER, WHOSE MOTHER DIED IN LONG-TERM CARE, CALLS COVID-19 ''A WAR''
Dec 02, 2020
By Bob Komsic
Ontario’s reporting 1,723 new cases of COVID-19 with 500 in Peel Region and 410 in Toronto.
There are also 35 more deaths; 11 of them in long-term care which hits close to home for Ontario’s deputy leader.
”My mother died in a long-term care home in March,” John Vanthof revealed during Question Period Wednesday.
”I have .. and our party has ultimate respect for the people who work in long-term care … for the people who work in the system … for the people who have been overworked constantly and now who are even more overworked because this government didn’t take the steps to hire more people,” Vanthof said.
”COVID is a war.”
Merrilee Fullerton wouldn’t go that far.
“I wouldn’t equate this to a war, of the millions of people who have died in World War II, in World War I, in Afghanistan, in Korea, across the globe in wars,” the minister of long-term care said.
”Everyone can do their part. And you heard General (Rick) Hillier the other day say, ‘This is something that we can do, to suppress community spread,’ to reduce your social contacts. Stay home. Reduce the community spread and you will help our homes.”
Out of Ontario’s 626 long-term care homes, 57 are considered in outbreak with no resident cases, while 54 homes have resident cases; 22 of which have fewer than 5 cases each.
Meanwhile, CARP’s online campaign calling for the firing of Minister Fullerton has more than 2,600 signatures.