Conservatives want to take Ontario backward

    Privatization schemes don't add up - massive hole in the numbers

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - The Conservative determination to take Ontario
backward has led to a platform packed with privatization schemes that don't
add up: private schools and private health care.
    "We can't go backward to handing out public money to private health care
and private schools," said Deputy Premier George Smitherman. "We have seen the
damage done by Conservatives - and Ontario doesn't want to go back."
    The over 230 uncosted back-to-1995 schemes include:

        -  Segregate our kids by religion and take $500 million out of public
           schools and hand over to private schools
           (53,000 students x $9400 per pupil)

    Health Care:
        -  Open medicare to private health clinics
        -  Handing personal health information to private companies

        -  Keep coal plants open with $1.5 Billion spending on coal plant
           scrubbers that don't reduce greenhouse gases by one bit

        -  Made over 230 promises with no costing
        -  Last Conservative government to "find efficiencies" to pay for
           promises led to a $5.6 Billion deficit

    "John Tory did not repudiate the Harris-Eves past today," said
Smitherman. "The next promise will be to screen Back to the Future in every
movie theatre."

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For further information: Christine McMillan, (416) 804-6023

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