Conservative results for Ontario? Damage, Cuts and Neglect

    TORONTO, March 15 /CNW/ - Today the Conservatives will call the damage
they caused to Ontario "results". They want to remind Ontario families of
their record of overcrowded classrooms, paving over greenspace, fewer doctors,
longer wait times, cuts to the most vulnerable, and hospital closures. Only
the McGuinty Liberals are getting real results and fixing the mess left behind
by Conservative cuts.

            McGuinty Liberals               Harris/Eves/Tory Conservatives
    -   More doctors - up 9.5%           -   Less doctors

    -   More nurses - Hired 5,453 new    -   Fired thousands of nurses and
        nurses                               referred to them as hula hoop
                                             workers - no longer required.

    -   Funding allocated for 2,000      -   Eliminated 5000 public
        new beds                             hospital beds in their first
                                             two years alone.

    -   Building 65 new hospitals        -   Closed 28 public hospitals

    -   Since just last year             -   Took nearly $2 billion out of
        construction is underway to          public education
        build 1,900 new classrooms

    -   65% of primary classes now       -   Only 31% of primary class
        meet class size cap of               sizes 20 or fewer students
        20 students                          in 2003/04

    -   Last year funded 3,600 new       -   Class sizes were ballooning as
        teachers to reduce class sizes       a result of fewer teachers

    -   Approximately 15,000 new high    -   Downloaded responsibility for
        quality licensed child care          childcare subsidies to
        spaces                               municipalities

    -   A single parent with 2           -   A pregnant straight A student
        children now receives over           named Kimberly Rogers died
        $1,600 more than they would          while under house arrest based
        have in 2003/04                      on the Tory policy of zero
                                             tolerance welfare fraud.

    -   We created a 1.8 million acre    -   Gutted the Planning Act
        permanent Greenbelt that             - developers were given free
        protects key agricultural and        reign to write their own rules
        environmental lands

    The McGuinty Liberals are delivering results. Meanwhile John Tory plans
to cut $2.5 Billion out of health care and pour public money into private
schools. Ontarians don't want to turn back to Conservative days of cuts,
damage and neglect.

For further information:

For further information: Christine McMillan: (416) 325-3670

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