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Liberal leadership race: Doug Ford and health dominates latest debate

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From left: Ted Hsu, Yasir Naqvi, Bonnie Crombie and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.


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The last debate of the candidates for the leadership of the Ontario Liberal Party, held in Brampton, was marked by lively discussions around health issues and strategies to counter Prime Minister Doug Ford in the next election.

Rather than confronting each other, the four candidates chose to focus on the concerns encountered on the ground. The four candidates presented their solutions.

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is considered a favorite for the job. She emphasized her commitment to resolving staffing shortages in the health sector, saying she wants to pay our people properly.

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Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. (File photo)

Ted Hsu, Ontario Liberal Party MP from Kingston and the Islands, wants to use the results of various pilot programs health care in rebuilding the system.

Yasir Naqvi, who is an elected official from the Liberal Party of Canada, noted that he received many testimonies from people in distress faced with limited access to quality care, during his travels for the leadership campaign.

Mr. Naqvi added that a stronger public health care system must be established to increase access to mental health and addiction services for immediate care. He added that health professionals who have been trained abroad must have the right to work in Ontario more quickly.

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Yasir Naqvi and Nate Erskine-Smith. (File photo)

Nate Erskine-Smith, also a federal Liberal MP, spoke in favor of increased attention to health care and housing if he wins. According to him, the housing crisis is pushing young people to leave our province en masse.

We need every Liberal working together to defeat Doug Ford, Crombie insisted. And rest assured, we are going to defeat Doug Ford, not in 2034, not in 2030, but in 2026. Count on us for that.

The other candidates recalled that the Prime Minister faces many problems.

To regain the trust of voters in certain regions of the province, our party must embody integrity, emphasized Mr. Erskine-Smith. We can't just be the anti-Doug Ford party, he added. We must offer voters real reasons to vote for us.

For his part, Mr. Naqvi said that Mr. Ford betrayed the trust of Ontarians.

Party members are preparing to vote on November 25 and 26. Voting results will be tallied and announced on December 2 in Toronto.

In this leadership campaign, the Ontario Liberals have managed to recruit more than 100,000 members, significantly surpassing the 38,000 eligible members for the 2020 vote and the 44,000 members for the 2013 campaign. This mobilization raised enough funds to eliminate the $3 million debt party following the disastrous 2022 election, led by Steven Del Duca.

With information from The Canadian Press


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