Ontarians Rally To McGuinty's Fight For Public Services



    Premier Stands For the Public Interest, Stands With Ontarians

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Standing with Ontarians from virtually every
walk of life, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today this election is about
standing up for the vital public services that all Ontarians depend on.
    "You can vote for Ontario Liberals, who will fight on behalf of the
public interest, and work to improve public services," McGuinty said.
    "Or you can vote for one of the other parties, and end up with another
Conservative government that will divert half a billion dollars from public
education to private, religious schools... that will divert resources from
medicare to private, for profit clinics... that will place private interests
before a cleaner, greener environment for all of us."
    As he spoke, McGuinty was backed by firefighters, retired police
officers, nurses, and teachers, and other hard working Ontarians who believe
in, provide and depend on quality public services.
    He thanked them and all Ontarians for working together to improve
publicly funded education, publicly funded health care, and protections for
the environment - the public services that are vital to a prosperous economy
and a strong and cohesive society.
    But he warned them that the progress we've made - and the progress we can
make in the years ahead - is at stake in the October 10th election.
    "For four years, we've worked hard, we've worked well, and we've worked
together," he said.
    "And that's why, after so many years of conflict and cuts and division
under first the NDP and then the Conservatives, we're moving forward together.
There's more to do, but we're making progress on behalf of Ontario families,
and we need to keep moving forward together," McGuinty said.

    McGuinty cited change that's already working for Ontarians - and change
that's in the Ontario Liberal platform, Moving Forward Together 2007:

    
    -  Smaller classes in the early grades, higher test scores and graduation
       rates, and a new, positive spirit in our schools and his plan to
       increase funding and expand homework help.

    -  More Ontarians with a family doctor, more nurses and new hospitals as
       well as shorter wait times and his plan to focus on emergency rooms,
       chronic illnesses and still more nurses.

    -  The passage of a new Clean Water Act and permanent protection of a
       Greenbelt the size of Prince Edward Island

    -  An economy that has created more than 340,000 more jobs over the past
       four years and his Next Generation Jobs Fund which is designed to
       attract the clean, green jobs of the future.
    

    "It's a decision that's enormously important to our future: You can vote
for Ontario Liberals, who will fight on behalf of the public interest, and
work to improve public services," he said.
    "Or you can vote for one of the other parties, and end up with another
Conservative government, with same, old failed Conservative approach, one that
will take us backwards."
    McGuinty was scheduled to then travel onto Hamilton and London, for
gatherings with the Ontario Liberal team of candidates in each city.

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