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Ontario’s state of emergency will be pushed till June 30th by , Premier Doug Ford

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Published on June 01, 2020 with No Comments

Premier Doug Ford is pushing to extend Ontario’s COVID-19 state of emergency until June 30.

As the current emergency declaration, which has been in effect since March 17, expires Tuesday, Ford’s majority Progressive Conservatives want another 28-day extension.

But Independent MPP Randy Hillier (Larnark-Frontenac-Kingston) hopes to force the government to share the rationale for the move with Ontarians.

Hillier will introduce a motion in the legislature on Tuesday that “would compel the government to make public all the agendas, minutes, and discussions of the COVID-19 command table” justifying the need for another four weeks of emergency measures.

“We need to see the decision-making information,” the veteran MPP said in an interview Monday.

“I don’t believe the state of emergency is warranted. There’s a difference between the state of emergency and the emergency orders,” he said, referring to the various restrictions on businesses and services reopening designed to curb the spread of the virus.

“I am not opposed to the emergency orders — it’s the decision-making process behind closed doors that I oppose.”

Hillier, a former Conservative member ejected from caucus last year for speaking truth to power, said “people are getting wary of the government.”


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