OPSEU President calls for Oosterhoff to be booted from caucus
The head of Ontario's largest union is calling for Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff to be booted out of caucus.
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says Oosterhoff’s beliefs concerning women’s rights are unacceptable and he is not fit to serve in the legislature.
“If there was ever an argument to have a mechanism to recall politicians in Ontario, Oosterhoff is a perfect example,” said Thomas. “But at the very least the Premier should send a signal to women by booting him out of his caucus.”
Oosterhoff appeared at an anti-aboriton rally at Queen's Park two weeks ago pledging to make abortion unthinkable.
A protest was held over the weekend as Oosterhoff tried hosting a community coffee event.
Police were called as protestors blocked his SUV from leaving the event.
OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, who also represents OPSEU members from Niagara on the union’s executive board, says Oosterhoff is clearly not ready for prime time.
“I know plenty of people in their twenties who bring a lot of wisdom to the table and have taught me things, but this young man has a lot of growing up to do,” said Almeida. “His job is to represent the views of his constituents, it’s not a platform for his personal agenda. It’s widely accepted that the overwhelming majority of Canadians are pro-choice. Women have the right to choose. Full stop."
Thomas noted that in response to Oosterhoff’s comments, Premier Ford had to virtually be dragged kicking and screaming to issue a tepid commitment that he would not try to reopen the abortion debate.
“That promise is probably as good as the one the Premier made about no public sector workers losing their jobs,” said Thomas.
“Actions speak louder than words. This is an attack on women. Period. The only way Doug Ford can show that he respects womens’ rights is to give this arrogant little twerp the boot.”
Thomas will join CKTB's Tim Denis at 7:10am tomorrow morning.
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