‘I will not be spoken to that way’: Ontario long-term care minister fires back at critics amid calls for her resignation

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Ontario’s long-term care minister rejected calls for her resignation Tuesday while blaming the leader of the opposition for the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the province’s 626 nursing homes. “Look at your failure. I was left to pick up the pieces from a devastating 15 years of neglect,” Minister Merrilee Fullerton said during question period at Queen’s Park. “I will not be spoken to that way by the leader of the opposition that neglected this sector.” Fullerton’s comments were directed at NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, who first openly called for her resignation from cabinet yesterday. Horwath only assumed the role of leader of the opposition in 2018, but Fullerton suggested that the “neglect” in long-term care homes could have been avoided if she had been a stronger “voice” for the sector during the previous Liberal government. The tense exchange follows a scathing report released last week into the ministry of long-term care’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in assisted living facilities across Ontario.

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