EDITORIAL: Stop neglecting small business
Ontario Premier Doug Ford came into office promising to be a champion of small business.
Given that, his government could not have announced the lifting of COVID-19 seating capacity restrictions at sports venues, concert halls, theatres and cinemas — but not restaurants — in a worse way.
It was a textbook example for governments across the country about how not to make such decisions.
First of all, the government announced it out of the blue last Friday afternoon, when governments traditionally announce bad news they want to bury.
(Restaurants must check customers for proof they have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days, the same as large venues.)
Representatives of the restaurant industry, which has been hanging on for dear life throughout the pandemic, were understandably furious.
A subsequent effort by the Ford government to listen to their concerns during a meeting with the industry was bungled by the absence of any members of Ford’s cabinet.
That’s because the premier and his cabinet ministers make decisions, not their staffs.
Telling the participants not to talk to the media about the meeting just compounded the blunder.