Dalton McGuinty's Record on Autism



    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - For a politician who claims he wants to run on
his record and who claims that he's "being straight with people," Dalton
McGuinty sure has a funny way of showing it.

    
    Here are the facts:

      -  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).

      -  Meanwhile, the waiting list for autism treatment has grown from 89
         in early 2004 to nearly 1,100 children as of December 2006 (Toronto
         Star, January 19, 2007, Timmins Daily Press, August 18, 2007).
    

    Now, on the eve of an election, Dalton McGuinty is making yet another
promise to children with autism. And if, as he's so fond of saying, the best
predictor of future behaviour is past behaviour, then why should the parents
of autistic children trust Dalton McGuinty?

    Leadership Matters.





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