The MPP for Toronto Centre called on local residents to mobilize against Ontario Premier Doug Ford’s cost-cutting legislation at a community meeting on Thursday.
MPP Suze Morrison held a community update meeting at Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park on Jan. 17. She discussed changes made by the Progressive Conservatives since Premier Doug Ford took office in June, including cancelling the $15 minimum wage and Bill 57, which scrapped rent control for new units in the fall.
“Doug Ford does not care about Regent Park and Toronto Centre,” Morrison said during the meeting. “But we need to spend the next three-and-a-half years organizing in our communities – we have to keep fighting.”
Morrison is MPP for Toronto Centre and lives and works in Regent Park. She sits on the standing committee on public accounts for the legislative assembly, which oversees public audits of government spending.
Morrison was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in the last provincial election. Previously, she was involved with grassroots political organizing in London, Ont.
Housing and women’s issues, she said, are her top priorities as MPP for the riding.
The floor was later opened up to a question-and-answer session, where Morrison fielded questions ranging from tenant rights to Ford’s use of the notwithstanding clause.
Wendy Terry, a retired ESL instructor who posed a question about how Ford’s policies will affect continuing education programs, said that she fears what programs the Progressive Conservatives will cut funding from next.
“I thought it was a very good session, and I think [Morrison] really listened. But I don’t know how much an individual MPP can do about provincewide issues,” Terry said.