Dalton McGuinty's record on autism



    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Dalton McGuinty thinks it matters when a lawsuit
started. Here's what really matters:

    
    -  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).
    

    Dalton McGuinty made the promise and he broke the promise.
    Leadership Matters.





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