A small but determined group of concerned citizens braved the cold and very wet weather yesterday and gathered at MPP Laurie Scott’s constituency office to protest the litany of cuts to public funding by the Ford government.
The event in Lindsay was part of a 25 city ‘General Strike’, which grew out of an effort by a Hamilton woman to host an event in that city. Of the 35-40 people who showed up about 18 were from Haliburton County.
The weather no doubt negatively affected in-person attendance at the demonstration but it was clear by the honks of passing cars that there was a decent level of support for the protesters.
Attendees are concerned with the extensive list of cuts to education, health and the environment to name just a few. A list of the cuts that have been introduced by the Ford government — which 60% of Ontarians voted against — can be found here.
According to attendee Shelley McPherson, who timed the number of drivers passing by expressing support, there seemed to be good support from the public, citing 55 supporting passing cars in three ten minute intervals.
Several protesters commented that they are meeting Conservatives who are unhappy with some of these cuts. Retired teacher Henry Vogel noted that Scott got elected with 41 per cent of the vote.