Protesting a year of cuts

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Protesting a year of cuts
Rebecca Sorrell-Forrester with her daughter Imogen Forrester at the Labour Council protest pinic on Friday, June 7, 2019 (Nick Seebruch/ Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Cornwall District Labour Council (CDLC) marked the one year anniversary of the election of the Progressive Conservatives and Ontario Premier Doug Ford with a protest of what they characterize as devastating cuts.

“We are marking a year of resistance to cuts,” said Louise Lanctot, President of the CDLC.

Lanctot listed some of the cuts that the Ford Government has implemented since last June including cutting the office of the French Ombudsman, the Autism Funding Program, tree planting and amongst others.

“They have cut a lot of things that make life livable for Canadians,” said Lanctot. “Even the libraries have not been spared.”

Lanctot also criticized Ford’s spending priorities.

“Instead of using the money wisely, he is in court over cap and trade, and ending the contract with the Beer Store, which even the U.S. Chamber of Commerce thinks is a bad idea,” she said.

She also raised concerns around Ford’s efforts to get beer more readily available in corner stores.

“Any time you make alcohol and drugs more available, you will see more substance issues,” Lanctot said.

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