This is an open message to:

It was kinda funny when Doug Ford showed up hawking cheap beer. Kinda. But it stopped being funny a long time ago.

Fast forward to 2021.
We now have a massive pile (words purposely chosen) of…

…failures, hostility, disinformation, and outright attacks on the very things that many hold dear in this province: healthcare, education, care of our elderly, key elements of our social safety net, and the environment to name but a few…

…and much / all of it has been in the interest of privatization, corporate greed, cronyism, self-service, self-promotion, ego and pure profit.

In addition, this government has sowed division and hate. Racists have been subtly, and not so subtly, nudged into action.

Responsibility and accountability have been shunned in favour of deflection, gaslighting, and scapegoating. And all the while, media puppets like Brian Lilley parrot the party propaganda at the expense of real truth.

The time for empty platitudes, lip service, and hollow social media messages is over.

We are calling you all out. We demand action.
Do something.

I think I can speak for speak for many when I say that we are ready to help.

But it is time for action.

We challenge you.
Put ego and party politics aside. Unite us. There is a very real danger at our door seeking to dismantle this province.

Act or ignore. But your choices will speak volumes over the coming year.


#UniteTheClans #onted #ONhealth @onpoli


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