Article by Warren Thomas, OPSEU
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the union intends to make the privatization of cannabis sales a hot-button issue in the upcoming municipal election.
“OPSEU will rally behind progressive candidates who oppose Premier Ford’s half-baked scheme,” said Thomas. “The only people who applaud this trainwreck are former political staffers who stand to make millions and the Tory kids in short pants who taxpayers pay to clap at Ford’s news conferences.”
The government announced on Monday that it’s abandoning the public model Ford promised he would stick with during the election campaign. The government is instead going to allow for a privatized retail system in which municipalities can exercise a one time “opt out.”
“Messing with Toronto City Council and Regional Chair elections wasn’t enough for Ford,” said Thomas. “Now he’s meddling with every single municipality, and the health and safety of every Ontarian.”
Thomas pointed out if municipal councils oppose this dangerous privatized model and opt out, they may fear doing so opens the floodgate to an illicit drug market.
But progressive candidates and councils can send a very different and clear message by uniting against the Ford privatization plan, said Thomas.