Premiers in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Quebec have all declared they will begin to ease up lockdown restrictions on May 4. But Ontario Premier Doug Ford is still reluctant to set a date for Ontario.
"I respect Premier Legault, he's a great leader, he's a great premier, and he's a good friend. I don't want to comment him versus us, we're two different scenarios. He's going to see if it works in his province, and I wish him all the best. I hope it does work. But we're in a different scenario here in Ontario. I'm not going to risk people's health and well being of this province over a few weeks of months, or whatever it might be," he said.
The premier pointed to the population difference between the provinces as one of the factors impacting decision making.
"I can't just role out dates. We're in a different situation then Saskatchewan and Manitoba, and obviously Quebec too. I'm just not going to chance it. We've worked too hard, we've come so far in this fight, and all of a sudden we're just going to start rolling it out? We're going to do it responsibly, thoughtfully, and cautiously," he said.
Just over 1 million people live in Saskatchewan and Manitoba respectively, while Quebec has a population of just over 8 million people. In contrast, over 14.5 million people live in Ontario, with almost 6 million living in Greater Toronto Area alone.