Have you voted yet in the Ontario Health Coalition’s provincewide referendum?
Posted: May 27, 2023
(May 26, 2023)
By: Adelle Loiselle, Blackburn News
Time is running out to vote in a provincewide referendum against Bill 60, the Ford government’s Your Health Act.
The bill allows private clinics to conduct some publicly-funded surgeries, procedures, and diagnostic tests.
The Ford government argues it will shorten wait times, but the Ontario Health Coalition fears it will shift funding and staff away from hospitals and lead to the privatization of healthcare.
Arguing the government has no mandate to privatize healthcare, the coalition launched the provincewide referendum.
There is still time to vote in person and online before the coalition starts counting the ballots this weekend.
It posted an online list of polling stations across the province, but for those unable to make it to a polling station, there is the option of casting your ballot online. The deadline is Saturday, May 27, at 11:59 p.m.
Local results will be announced on Tuesday, May 30, and the coalition will release the provincewide results the next day outside Queen’s Park.
Earlier this week, the coalition said it already received more than 160,000 votes online and at advance polls.