Image shows Fred Hahn, outdoors, wearing a face mask, and speaking into a microphone as he points to the left with his left hand.

Just because it’s a cliché doesn’t mean this really isn’t the most important provincial election of our time.

After everything we’ve gone through, the first election since COVID-19 is an incredible opportunity for workers and communities to elect a government that will finally build the Ontario we deserve — an opportunity we can’t let slip away.

As leader of the province’s largest union, representing nearly 280,000 public sector workers in every community in Ontario, I, along with our members, have had a front-row seat to the disaster that is the Ford Progressive Conservative government.

I hear directly from workers who are just tired. Tired from being overworked because of the recruitment and retention crisis cutting across sectors. Tired of being underpaid, with many facing a wage restraint law that ultimately amounts to a significant wage cut amid historic inflation. Tired of facing an ongoing pandemic without the permanent and sufficient sick days people deserve, and the working conditions we need to safely deliver the services people depend on.

It really doesn’t have to be this way. This is a choice. Whether it’s the Ford Progressive Conservatives, or previous governments, they chose this cynical way of dealing with politics.

Click here to read the full op-ed on, The Hamilton Spectator‘s website.