BRAMALEA, ON, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Ontario Progressive Conservative Leader John
Tory today outlined that new leadership is needed in order to help those
families who have been left behind over the past four years of McGuinty rule.
"The real test of leadership comes not only from creating new
opportunities and new prosperity, but also in making sure this opportunity and
prosperity is equitably shared," Tory said, "Too many vulnerable Ontario
families are left feeling invisible, betrayed and abandoned by the McGuinty
government. A real leader would listen to these people, learn from these
people and deliver real results."
Tory started his day in Bramalea, where he met with parents of children
with autism who have been left languishing for years on waiting lists for
autism treatments after Dalton McGuinty broke his 2003 election promise to
provide them with support. Tory reiterated his commitment to invest $75
million to clear the current waiting lists, provide more flexible treatment
options for families, and provide more supports to educators and child support
workers in order to give children with autism the supports they need.
"These families of children with autism are feeling helpless and
forgotten," Tory said, "But they will not be invisible and they will not be
silent. I am here to say I will listen, and I will also act to give these
families the meaningful supports they deserve."
Tory will visit Guelph later this afternoon where he will further address
solutions for the plight of vulnerable seniors, people without doctors and
"In the last four years, many of these people have been forgotten by the
McGuinty government," Tory said. "Mr. McGuinty has also forgotten our seniors
in long-term care or without a doctor who are left to fend for themselves at
the very moment in their life when they need this peace of mind the most."
"Do we really want four more years of this kind of neglect and denial? Do
we really want four more years of Dalton McGuinty?"
Tory pledged to stand up for those less fortunate.
"Too many Ontario families are living in poverty, and too many are living
in housing conditions that are unacceptable," Tory concluded. "Our plan will
unlock one billion dollars to repair, renovate and rebuild homes for our most
vulnerable neighbours. We will also immediately eliminate Mr. McGuinty's
health tax for individuals making less than $30,000 per year. Unlike Mr.
McGuinty, I am prepared to be held accountable for my promises I make, and for
delivering real results."
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