The member of Queen’s Park for our region says the Ford government has not enough to help businesses and organizations weather the COVID-19 crisis. Mushkegowuk-James Bay MPP Guy Bourgouin held virtual consultation meetings with businesses from Kapuskasing and Hearst last week.

“During the virtual consultation, I heard that provincial measures are unclear and insufficient, and that concerns of small, medium-sized businesses and community organizations in our region have not bee taken into consideration,” said Bourgouin.”

He says he learned that local businesses are struggling to make ends meet, while the province’s programs are difficult to navigate and guidelines are unclear.

One tourism business owner says they were grateful for being allowed to re-open, but noted that they only learned about it through the media, and there are no clear public health guidelines.

Bourgouin thanked everyone who participated in the consultation and called for more local input.

“As we move forward, it is critical that the ideas and concerns of Mushkegowuk-James Bay business community be serious considered by the Ford government,” he said.