Doctors furious after Hoskins spotted at Jays game during health care debate
A group of Ontario doctors say they’re fuming after Health Minister Eric Hoskins skipped a debate on health care at Queen’s Park last week in order to attend a Blue Jays game.
The debate on an opposition motion to restore axed funding to health care took place on Oct. 21 and was attended by about 200 doctors, some of whom took the day off work and bused in from around the province.
The motion, supported by the Progressive Conservatives and the NDP, was debated between 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. and was then voted on and ultimately defeated by Liberal MPPs.
Absent from the legislature, however, was Hoskins, who was spotted attending a Blue Jays playoff game at the Rogers Centre in a photo taken during the debate on the motion and then circulated on social media.
“How unfair is it that the very day there’s a motion on health care for Ontarians, he disappears for a Jays game,” said Nadia Alam, a doctor who helped organize the day of action at Queen’s Park. “How unfair is it – he’s the health minister.”
While he was absent for the afternoon session, Hoskins and Premier Kathleen Wynne responded to questions from opposition MPPs during Question Period in the morning.
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