Ontario Needs An Ontario Champion

Premier Ready To Confront Challenges Ahead

LINDSAY, ON, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Only Ontario Liberals can be counted on to stand up for Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty told a crowd in Lindsay today.

"When it comes to negotiating with the federal government, we need a strong voice that is willing to stand up for Ontario," said McGuinty. "We know Tim Hudak won't go toe-to-toe with Stephen Harper. He'll simply smile, shrug and do what he's told — leaving Ontario to pay the price."

In 2004, the provinces and territories signed a 10-year Health Accord with the federal government that was focused on wait times. That Accord was essential to Ontario's progress in lowering surgical wait times — because it provided the certainty that was needed for fundamental reforms.

Now, it's time to negotiate a new 10-year Accord to focus on the needs of seniors. In the next 10 years, 1.6 million Ontarians will turn 65, the traditional retirement age — that's twice as many people as between 1981 and 1991.

"While Ontario has made significant improvements to health care, we can do even more with a strong federal partner," said McGuinty. "Sitting down at the table to renegotiate this long-term accord is one of the most important issues awaiting the Premier of Ontario in the years ahead."

McGuinty was joined at the event by Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock candidate Rick Johnson, whom he praised for his commitment to his community.

"Rick is a tireless advocate for the people of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock and a strong member of our Ontario Liberal team," McGuinty said. "He's delivered a Family Health Team as well as a new MRI at Ross Memorial Hospital to provide families with better health care closer to home."

A Hudak/Harper partnership would mean significant cuts and would take Ontario off track in perilous economic times. The Hudak PCs also have $14 billion in unfunded giveaways and tax cuts that would mean additional cuts to hospitals and schools. The Horwath NDP would take Ontario off track by introducing a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes.

"We need someone that will stand up for Ontario," said Johnson. "Ontario needs an Ontario champion — Ontario needs Dalton McGuinty."

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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