Smith to Conservatives: Nipissing Remembers your Legacy of Cuts, Damage and Neglect



    NORTH BAY, ON, March 1 /CNW/ - Today John Tory will bring his
Conservative Legacy Tour to North Bay to see the hospitals, universities and
schools they cut, damaged and neglected between 1995-2003.
    Monique Smith has been working hard to make progress and has delivered
results for Nipissing families, including 2 new hospitals-something the
Conservatives didn't deliver after their 8 years in power.

    
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    Liberal Results                     Conservative Cuts, Damage and Neglect
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    Building a new North Bay Regional   Cut over $1.8 million from the
    Health Centre, bringing together    North Bay General Hospital in
    the North Bay General Hospital      their first two years in office.
    and North East Mental Health
    Centre onto a new site.
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    Building a new state-of-the-art     Closed 28 hospitals in Ontario
    hospital in nearby Mattawa.
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    New Blue Sky Family Health Team     They did nothing for five long
    in North Bay providing care to      years to increase the number of
    thousands more patients.            doctors.
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    Wait Times have gone down at the    Had no strategy to track wait times.
    North Bay General Hospital since
    August 2005; cataract surgery
    down 53%, hip replacement down 64%,
    knee replacement down 9%.
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    Leveraged $17 million for 160       Closed 25 schools in the North and
    school repair projects which are    deferred badly needed repairs.
    now completed or underway for the
    Near North and Nipissing Parry
    Sound Catholic DSB's.
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    $342 million over the next five     Cut northern highway spending by
    years to complete the four-laning   $20 million - a 17.2% cut.
    of Highway 11 to North Bay by 2012.
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    $4.2 million investment for         The number of police officers per
    state-of-the-art OPP provincial     capita declined by 8% over ten years.
    communications centre in North Bay.
    And $280,000 for 4 new Police
    Officers
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    Over $10.5 million for improvements Cut $435.5 million from Ontario
    to Nipissing University and         colleges and universities in their
    Canadore College to renew           first two years alone
    facilities and increase access.
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    Increasing land ambulance funding   Downloaded land ambulance onto
    to 50:50.                           struggling municipalities.
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    "The McGuinty Liberals have been working hard to turn around our schools,
hospitals and infrastructure after years of Conservative damage, cuts and
neglect. Nipissing families don't want to turn back the clock," said MPP
Monique Smith.




For further information:

For further information: Monique Smith, MPP, Tel: (705) 474-8340


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