'Ford is demolishing our democracy': Ontario NDP leader, 16 MPPs booted from legislature for calling government 'liars'

Ontario Premier Doug Ford sits in the Ontario Legislature during Question Period on Tuesday November 1, 2022, as members debate a bill meant to avert a planned strike by 55,000 education workers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn (THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Sixteen Ontario New Democrat MPPs were kicked out from the legislature's daily Question Period for using "unparliamentary language" over the controversial bill to stop the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) from striking.

If passed, the bill will ban education workers from going on strike.

It started with Leader Peter Tabuns, who refused to withdraw his remarks calling Premier Doug Ford's government "liars."

Leader Tabuns' ejection did not stop other NDP members from making their voices heard, as fifteen other members got kicked out of the Question Period.

According to The Toronto Star, the ejections were planned to draw more attention "to the legislation on a day when dozens of members of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation were watching Question Period in the public galleries."

Many Canadians observing the legislation are proud of their representatives for sticking up to Ford's government.

Some Canadians are disappointed in the representatives who did not take a stand.

The sixteen ejected NDP MPPs are removed from legislative proceedings until Thursday.

For now, the CUPE still plans to go on strike Friday, despite being advised not to by Ford’s government.