Ford’s ‘taking bullets’ claim backfires – OPSEU points out the real culprit in long term care crisis

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas conducted multiple news interviews recently responding to Doug Ford’s claim that he is ‘taking bullets’ for the union in regards to the crisis in long term care homes.

Thomas spoke to Evan Solomon, host of CTV News channel’s political program, POWER PLAY on May 28 and CTV News Ottawa May 29, refuting the Premier’s claim that OPSEU long term care inspection members refused to enter homes because of COVID-19. A statement from Thomas was used for another related story, this one on Newstalk 1010.

“The Premier says he is tired of taking bullets for the union, but in this case our prudence helped him dodge one,” Thomas was quoted in the article. “Inadequate staffing is yet another area where ministry managers have failed to give the Premier and the Minister of Long Term Care the real facts.”