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ONTARIO: Ford ousts Tory legislator from caucus after anti-lockdown letter

Roman Baber issued a public letter today calling on Ford to end the provincial lockdown
Premier Doug Ford, media briefing Jan. 12 2021 announcing second state of emergency.

TORONTO — Premier Doug Ford has removed a member of his government from caucus for speaking out against COVID-19 lockdowns.

Ford says today that legislator Roman Baber will no longer sit as a Progressive Conservative and cannot run for the party in the 2022 election.

The move comes after Baber issued a public letter today calling on Ford to end a provincial lockdown.

In the letter, Baber argues that lockdowns are causing a number of other serious problems including mental health and addictions issues, and hurting businesses.

Ford calls Baber's letter "irresponsible" and accuses him of spreading misinformation. 

Earlier this week, Ford imposed a second state of emergency and imposed a stay-at-home order in an effort to fight rising rates of COVID-19. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 15, 2021.

The Canadian Press