Ontario MPP calls for further restrictions on big box retailers during COVID lockdown

Ontario MPP calls for further restrictions on big box retailers during COVID lockdown
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Ontario Progressive Conservative MPP Gila Martow is seeking the federal Conservative nomination in Thornhill. On Friday, Martow put out a statement saying she is siding with small businesses with the news that more regions around Toronto will be moving into a lockdown on Monday, December 14.

"Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community," reads the note from Martow.

In part, her statement reads:

Since the beginning of this pandemic, I have always advocated to ensure we balance the need to keep people safe with measures that support small businesses.

While I recognize and appreciate the need to limit large gatherings, I stand with Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti’s call for further restrictions on big box retailers while allowing small businesses to remain open.

Big box retailers like Walmart should not be permitted to enrich themselves on the backs of small businesses simply because they can afford to hire well-connected lobbyists like Melissa Lantsman to get them preferential treatment.

Melissa Lantsman and David Tarrant are two former staffers to Ontario premier Doug Ford who had been hired by Walmart as lobbyists. Lantsman is also seeking the federal Conservative nomination in Thornhill. 

Since lobbying for Walmart, Lantsman has too become a bit of a critic of the Ford government's pandemic lockdowns. 

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