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As Ford declares second state of emergency, some federal Ontario MPs say situation at ‘critical point,’ looking for more clarity

By Mike Lapointe      

In the wake of spiralling cases of the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada's most populous province, federal MPs are looking for more trasparency around stay-at-home orders that will persist will into February.

Ontario premier Doug Ford pictured at a media availability in Ottawa after a meeting of Canada’s Premiers on Sept. 18, 2020. Schools in Windsor-Essex, Peel, Toronto, York, and Hamilton will remain closed until Feb. 10, based on advice Mr. Ford has received from medical officials. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Following Ontario’s second state of emergency declared last week since the pandemic began as a result of escalating COVID-19 numbers, a number of Ontario MPs are saying the pandemic has reached “a critical point” and are looking for more clarity from the provincial government around stay-at-home orders that will persist until well into February.

Mike Lapointe

Mike Lapointe joined the The Hill Times in June 2019 and covers the federal public service, deputy ministers, the Privy Council Office, public service unions, the Phoenix pay system, the machinery of government, and the Parliament Hill media.
- mlapointe@hilltimes.com


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