TORONTO, Oct. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Huronia Regional Centre (HRC) survivors
reacted with "surprise and disappointment" to statements made by
Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Attorney General today in the Ontario
Legislature. In particular, lawyers representing the plaintiffs were
astonished that both the Premier and Attorney General John Gerretsen
made such error-filled statements about the recently settled Huronia
Regional Centre class action lawsuit.
During today's Question Period, the Premier and the Attorney General
were flat-out wrong when they made the following statements:
Premier Wynne: "The court is still determining, as I understand it—and I
know that the Attorney General is going to want to comment on that—the
nature of an appropriate apology."
Attorney General Gerretsen: "This may be no comfort to the residents at
all, but the class action was settled in a very fast manner of less
than three years, which is unusual for a class action."
Kirk Baert, lead counsel in the successful action, said: "The Premier
got it wrong. She said the courts are still considering the terms of
the apology. In fact, the courts have absolutely nothing to do with the
apology." Baert continued: "The AG also got it wrong. I was stunned
when Minister Gerretsen stood up in the Legislature and said the case
had been settled quickly. I can tell you that the case took half a
decade, and relates to wrongdoing going back to 1945. By any standard
that is hardly 'fast'."
Koskie Minsky lawyers fought to ensure HRC survivors would receive
justice in this case, and will continue to do so. "The victims of
Huronia have suffered long enough," said plaintiffs' lawyer Celeste
Poltak. "They need closure, not political games."
The class action alleges residents of the HRC suffered inhumane
treatment from 1945 until its closure in 2009, and that the province of
Ontario failed to properly care for, and protect, those under its care.
Koskie Minsky LLP is representing the former HRC residents involved in
the $2-billion class action lawsuit against the province of Ontario, as
well as two other class action lawsuits currently underway:
Southwestern Regional Centre and Rideau Regional Centre. These class
actions are virtually identical to the one brought against the
government by the Huronia survivors.
SOURCE: Koskie Minsky LLP
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