For Immediate Release
NORTH YORK – Advocates and municipal leaders deserve credit for shaming the Ford government into backtracking on its plan to impose harmful welfare cuts that would affect those most in need among the nearly one million Ontarians receiving social assistance, Michael Coteau, Liberal MPP for Don Valley East, said today.
Caving in to pressure by groups that help Ontario’s most vulnerable children and adults, Children, Community and Social Services Minister Todd Smith told municipalities late Wednesday he is climbing down from a right-wing scheme to chop child benefits.
“Todd Smith and Doug Ford have been forced to change course on a cruel, hurtful cut that targeted Ontarians who are most in need,” said Coteau. “Front-line workers in health and social services stood up for the people they care for, municipal leaders took a stand, and vulnerable children, adults and families are getting a reprieve.”
Coteau warned that the relief will only be temporary, with the Ford government still planning to proceed with a cutback-focused review of social assistance programs.
“This retraction of welfare cuts is only a short-term break in this government’s attack on children and families,” Coteau said. “Todd Smith and Doug Ford remain as committed as ever to going after the vulnerable and needful, and their open-ended social services review remains a cause for serious concern and ongoing vigilance.”
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