REPEAT - UPDATE: More than 50 actions against PC cuts to education and health care will be held on April 17, says OFL

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TORONTO, April 17, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ontarians are rising up to fight cuts and privatization of the public services families depend on. More than 50 actions are expected on Wednesday, April 17 when communities across Ontario take action against the cuts to education and health care that were announced in the PC budget on April 11.

Actions across the province include banner drops, public rallies, visits to the offices of Conservative MPPs, workplace actions in support of public services, and community outreach blitzes.

“The people of this province did not vote to have their public services cut and privatized so that businesses can receive $1.4 billion in corporate tax relief in 2019 alone,” said Ontario Federation of Labour President Chris Buckley. “The PCs underestimate the people of this province, who will come together to protect the public services we all need. This budget puts profits before people, which will cost Ontario for years to come. Ontarians are saying ‘no,’ and it is time for the government to listen to the people and stop cuts to education and health care.”

“Ontario’s spending on public services per person is the lowest in Canada,” said Ontario Federation of Labour Secretary-Treasurer Patty Coates. “The PC budget’s cuts will mean that students will fall through the cracks and families will have less access to health care. It is shameful for the government to force students and families to pay for government cuts.”

The PC budget included cuts to child care, education, post-secondary education, health care, legal aid, and the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs.

“There is no one in Ontario who will not be affected by the cuts in this budget,” said OFL Vice-President Ahmad Gaied. “This government is doing whatever it can to benefit the very wealthy and leave vulnerable Ontarians behind. We are the majority, and we will fight like hell to stop this.”

The OFL Power of Many is a campaign by the Ontario Federation of Labour and its allies in communities across Ontario, working together to protect and win decent work laws, strong public services, along with equality and justice, as well as safe and healthy communities for all.

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Globe Newswire: 14:06 GMT Wednesday 17th April 2019

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