Shifty Horwath Shifts Hospital Smear Story Again

TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Andrea Horwath is doubling down on her fabricated criticism of care at Hamilton General Hospital.

In Tuesday's Leaders Debate, Andrea Horwath smeared her local hospital and staff, then backtracked, ultimately reversing her story.   But today Horwath repeated the smear, stating the misleading story "was to, I think, illustrate the under resourcing of our hospital sector."

Here is the history of Horwath's changing smear story.

Tuesday, September 27th
Horwath said in the Leader's debate that her son went to the ER with a fractured elbow, but complained "they didn't do anything... They sent him home, said it doesn't really need anything, they can't afford a cast..."

Wednesday, September 28th - Morning
Wednesday, Horwath changed her story telling the Hamilton Spectator "her son received an x-ray."  So much for not doing "anything."

Wednesday, September 28th - Late Morning
Then she admitted to Toronto radio station CFRB that her son didn't need a cast in the first place: "My son's fracture was one that, uh, he was told that he didn't need it to be casted.  There's no point in paying for a cast, is what they said, because none of the bones moved."

Wednesday, September 28th - Later Morning
Under further questioning, Horwath fully retreated saying:  "I wasn't there, so I can't judge that."

Friday, September 30th
Having already admitted she didn't know what happened and that her son was provided with care, Horwath today went on Hamilton's CHML and said "it was very clearly an example of people being frustrated with our healthcare system... It was to, I think, illustrate the under resourcing of our hospital sector."

Is it any wonder CHML's Bill Kelly credited "Andrea for providing the Ontario campaign with its first Sarah Palin moment."

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