Ford kicks MPP out of caucus for lockdown comments
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Premier, Doug Ford, has kicked an Ontario MPP who called the provincial lockdown “deadlier than COVID” out of the caucus, describing his comments as “irresponsible”.
Progressive Conservative MPP Roman Baber issued a public letter to Ford on Friday morning, saying that the lockdown isn’t working and that they cause “an avalanche of suicides, bankruptcies, divorces, and takes an immense toll on our children” His letter was sent one day after a stay-at-home order was put into effect for the province. In addition to the stay-at-home order, which requires people by law to only leave their house for essential reasons,nearly all non-essential businesses have been forced to close. “The lockdowns aren’t working” Baber wrote. “They are killing lives instead of saving lives. I plead with you to accept this reality and end the lockdown” Baber calls for Ford to end the lockdown and “let Ontarians go back to normal life.”
There is a small but vocal group inside the PC caucus that has been speaking out against lockdown measures for some months — Baber is one of those MPPs. There are a variety of views inside the PC caucus, and inside Ford’s cabinet, something the premier has alluded to when referencing vigorous discussions.
In a statement released on Friday morning, Ford said that “effective immediately Mr. Baber will no longer be sitting as a member of the PC Caucus” He will also not be permitted to seek re-election as a Progressive Conservative member” Ford said. “Mr. Baber’s comments are irresponsible” Ford said. “By spreading misinformation he is undermining the tireless efforts of our front-line health-care workers at this critical time, and he is putting people at risk. I will not jeopardize a single Ontarian’s life by ignoring public health advice”