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LETTER: We need to stand up for our front line workers

Reader urges the government to stand up against Bill 124
2020-06-22 Protest JO-006
Nurses took to a busy section of Mapleview Drive and Huronia Road on Monday afternoon to protest Bill 124. Jessica Owen/BarrieToday

BradfordToday received the following letter to the editor from an Innisfil resident who is concerned with Bill 124.
Dear MP Brassard for Barrie-Innisfil,

Thank-you for acknowledging the dedication and hard work that our frontline workers have been doing and are continuing to do. In the Barrie-Innisfil riding, many of them are neighbours, friends of ours, even family members and they deserve the praise from all of us for fighting this pandemic.

Unfortunately, your counter parts in the Ontario Provincial Government are trying to pass Bill 124, which would limit their ability to negotiate their wage increases to 1 percent. Knowing that you are a proud Canadian, as I am, we know that this goes against their Charter Rights and Freedoms, that are for all Canadians.

I take it that you will stand up with these frontline workers and fully support them, by decrying that Bill 124 is unconstitutional, and has no place anywhere in Canada. If Bill 124 is passed, I know that you will do the right thing, and stand side-by-side with these frontline workers and fight for them, to ensure that their Charter Rights and Freedoms are upheld and any laws contrary would be immediately and unequivocally challenged in our courts.

Many of the frontline workers have yet to receive the promised pandemic pay that Premier Ford enacted months ago. We can not allow such injustices to continue in our great country.


Mr. Leslie A. Pollak, Innisfil