SARNIA-LAMBTON — NDP MPP Taras Natyshak is encouraging Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey to follow the lead of Lambton’s medical officer of health and support paid sick days to help end the pandemic sooner.
Bailey has voted against paid sick days twice in the last two weeks, helping the Ford Conservatives kill the Stay Home If You Are Sick Act, put forward by NDP Labour critic Peggy Sattler, as well as an NDP opposition day motion. Sattler’s bill called for 14 government-funded paid sick days during the pandemic, as well as seven permanent paid sick days.
“No one wants to have to go work sick, but every day in this province people are forced to weigh whether they can afford to pay their bills at the end of the month if they miss a shift because they’re ill. That could be the person who bags your groceries, your bus driver, or the personal support worker that visits your parent at home,” said Natyshak.
“By providing paid sick days, we can help workers stay home when they have symptoms and stop outbreaks before they start. It’s great to see Lambton’s medical officer of health supporting this critical public health measure during the pandemic, and I urge Mr. Bailey to throw his support behind paid sick days, too. If he and just a couple of his colleagues in government joined our campaign, we could get this done.”
There are currently 10 documented active outbreaks in Lambton County, which is under the red level of public health restrictions.
“Folks across our province, including right here in Sarnia-Lambton, have made significant sacrifices to help keep our communities safe during the pandemic,” said Natyshak.
“The vaccine is the light at the end of the tunnel, but the risk of a third wave of COVID-19 remains real.
“Let’s make sure everyone’s sacrifices count, and protect our progress, by giving workers paid sick days.”