Dalton McGuinty protests so much



    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Today Dalton McGuinty is claiming he "kept and
exceeded" his promise to the parents of children with autism.
    Here are the facts:

    
    -   In 2003, Dalton McGuinty promised the parent of a child with autism
        that he would "devise a feasible way in which autistic children in
        our province can get the support and treatment they need. That
        includes children over the age of six" (E-mail from Dalton McGuinty
        to Nancy Morrison, September 17, 2003).

    -   In April 2005, Dalton McGuinty chose to appeal a ruling of the
        Ontario Superior Court that the age cut off for IBI treatment
        violated the constitutional rights of children with autism (Woodstock
        Sentinel-Review, April 6, 2005).

    -   Dalton McGuinty then took NDP MPP Shelley Martel to court when she
        tried to find out how much the Ontario government spent on the court
        case. This was after Dalton McGuinty fought Martel's freedom of
        information request and was told by the Information and
        Privacy Commissioner that he had to release the information
        (Globe and Mail, March 14, 2007).

    -   And if all of that wasn't bad enough, Dalton McGuinty tried to force
        the parents of children with autism to pay for the government's
        $85,000 legal bill for the court case that he chose to continue in
        April 2005 (Toronto Star, June 11, 2007).

    -   Meanwhile, the waiting list for autism treatment has grown from 89 in
        early 2004 to nearly 1,100 children as of August 2007 (Toronto Star,
        January 19, 2007, Timmins Daily Press, August 18, 2007).
    

    Now Dalton McGuinty is making another promise to the parents of children
with autism. He says he's going to provide IBI treatment in schools. But what
to make of a March 1, 2007 memo from Ben Levin, Deputy Minister of Education
that made it very clear Dalton McGuinty would not be offering IBI in Ontario's
schools?

    
        "Based upon your work and in support of the recommendations of the
        reference group the Ministry will soon release a PPM on the use of
        Applied Behavioural analysis (ABA) in schools. The focus of this PPM
        will be ABA teaching practices and not Intensive Behavioural
        Intervention (IBI)...."
    

    Dalton McGuinty couldn't be trusted in 2003. Why would the parents of
autistic children trust him in 2007?
    Leadership Matters.





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