Politician who says he’s “for the people” won’t give people paid sick leave
According to reports from Toronto Star journalist Robert Benzie, Doug Ford has officially come out against expanding paid sick leave.
His statement comes as the federal government has expressed support for the idea of expanding 10 days of paid sick leave to Canadian workers. Paid sick leave is a provincial jurisdiction and would recuqire the provinces to sign-on.
Calls for national paid sick leave have grown steadily as COVID-19 forces many workers to choose between not getting paid and staying home, or showing up sick.
Canada is one of only three countries in the world, along with the US and Japan, that do not have a national paid sick leave policy.
The previous provincial government under Kathleen Wynne established two days of guaranteed paid sick leave workers, along with other labour reforms such as a higher minimum wage.
Ford cancelled the sick day policy in 2018, alongside other major labour reforms.