They haven’t always seen face-to-face during the pandemic, but Ontario Premier Doug Ford is extending his congratulations Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after his re-election.
Ford has also vowed to continue working closely with the prime minister to help propel Ontario through the rest of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ford said in a statement Tuesday morning, “I would like to congratulate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his re-election and congratulate all federal leaders campaigning across Canada to ensure that Canada’s Let the voice of the people be heard on the important issues facing this country.”
“For many, this has been an extremely difficult and divisive election and I would like to take this opportunity to urge unity. Emotions have run high as candidates from all parties debate pandemic policies, including vaccine certificates.
COVID-19 does not care about partisanship or politics and I will continue to work closely with the Prime Minister. The people chose our government to act in the best interest of Ontario, not in the service of one political party over others. That’s exactly what our government will continue to do as we do everything possible to protect our people and our progress.”
Ford and the federal government have recently exchanged words with the premier during the pandemic, saying the move to implement a vaccine certificate in Ontario follows the Trudeau government’s refusal to launch a national program during the election. was due to do.
Ford’s comments sparked a reaction from Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, who said Ford’s inaction put the province in a dire situation with COVID-19 and that “Ontarians know it.”
Ford also touched on Ontario’s vaccine certificate system on Tuesday. The premier said that while he understands that there are many who are against vaccination evidence, he wants to make sure Ontario avoids another lockdown.
“There are a lot of people who are concerned about this policy and I want you to know that I hear you,” Ford said. “I understand your concerns about protecting your civil liberties and your right to privacy. While many fully vaccinated people like me share these concerns, the bigger concern is the re-closure or in cases like Alberta and Saskatchewan. to experience a sudden increase.”
From Wednesday, Ontarians will Required to verify and demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated To enter many businesses, including but not limited to indoor restaurants, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms and concert venues. The vaccine certificate system does not apply to essential activities such as grocery shopping and access to medical care and services.
Toronto Mayor John Tory also issued a statement congratulating Trudeau on his election night victory.
“The prime minister, and the local parliamentarian in Toronto, has been a strong and consistent partner for this city. During the election, I have been asked to continue pandemic emergency financial support for Toronto and all municipalities, as well as housing, transit, and mental health including mental health. We were encouraged by the Prime Minister’s commitment to make the necessary investments in health care. We also look forward to moving forward with Universal Child Care.”
Tory thanked all Torontonians who voted and said he was committed to working with Trudeau and his cabinet to help the city survive the pandemic.