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Thomas talks Ford Fest, legal aid, with John Oakley

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OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU, was the guest of AM 640 Radio host John Oakley on June 18. They discussed a wide range of subjects, including the booing that Raptors fans gave Doug Ford, OPSEU’s decision not to picket Ford Fest, and the appointment of Earl Provost to the Premier’s Office.

Listen to the interview by clicking on the arrow below:

However, the focus of the interview was the Ford’s governments deep cuts to Legal Aid Ontario – $133 million this year and $165 million next year – and the disastrous effect they will have on the most vulnerable people’s ability to access the justice system, particularly in smaller communities. Thomas expressed hope that Charles Harnick, who fought with Mike Harris to create Legal Aid Ontario, would convince Ford to cancel the cuts.

Thomas reiterated his desire to meet with Ford – an invitation he has extended many times – and said the appointment of Earl Provost could be the bridge to a first meeting.