London NDP MPPs call on the Conservatives to take action on the crisis in corrections
MPPs welcome families that marched from London to Queen’s Park to raise awareness
QUEEN’S PARK—NDP MPPs Peggy Sattler (London West), Teresa Armstrong (London-Fanshawe) and Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre) welcomed London families to Queen’s Park on Thursday upon completion of their 184 km walk to raise awareness about the poor conditions at the Elgin Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC) and correctional facilities throughout the province.
The NDP MPPs released the following statement calling on the Ford government to do the right thing and take action on the crisis in corrections:
“Today we welcome families that have marched hundreds of kilometers from London to Queen’s Park to raise awareness about unacceptable conditions at the EMDC. Along the way, they have spoken to families in Brantford, Hamilton, Milton, and Toronto who have also lost loved ones or had them suffer because of the continued crisis in corrections.
Understaffing, overcrowding and an opioid epidemic inside our correctional institutions is hurting inmates, their families and correctional officers. This is not a new crisis. For years, the Liberals let these unsafe conditions spiral out of control. Now, Doug Ford is continuing where they left off, ignoring this crisis and allowing these inhumane conditions to continue with too few resources to make positive change.
No one wants to see this crisis continue any longer. New Democrats are calling on Doug Ford to act now and prevent this tragic situation from worsening.”