The official results are in following a province-wide “people’s referendum” aimed at stopping the privatization of Ontario’s public hospitals.
The citizen-run referendum, led by the Ontario Health Coalition with support from local branches, including the Simcoe County Health Coalition (SCHC), saw nearly 1,000 voting stations set up in the hopes of letting the provincial government know how Ontarians really feel about Bill 60, which is the Conservative-led legislation to privatize hospital services.
According to SCHC officials, 382,306 votes were cast across the province, with 376,223 votes cast against privatization and 6,083 votes in favour of privatization.
“The Simcoe County Health Coalition is very proud of these results,” said SCHC co-chair Anisa Carrascal during a news conference this afternoon at Sunnidale Park in Barrie. “We ran a campaign that included