This whole thing stinks’: PCs slam Liberal plan to deliver home care

Salma Ibrahim

The Progressive Conservatives are criticizing the Liberal’s plan to quietly introduce a new government agency to deliver home care directly.

This comes after an exclusive CBC story shed light on the agency, which could eventually serve hundreds of thousands of patients in Ontario and make personal support home care workers government employees.

The PCs allege the Wynne Liberals are too close to SEIU Healthcare, the union that could potentially benefit from the influx of workers the plan would create.

Industry insiders have told CBC News it’s likely that most of the newly created public employees would join SEIU Healthcare.

“This whole thing stinks and it just doesn’t pass the smell test,” PC health critic Jeff Yurek said at a news conference Thursday.

“The news release where this announcement was buried came within days of a Working Ontario Women attack campaign,” the MPP said, referring to a series of ads against PC leader Patrick Brown.

SEIU is the key financial backer of Working Ontario Women.