McGuinty Calls On Ontarians To Reject The Politics Of Division

    Conservatives' Cuts And Conflict Would Shatter Our Schools And Our

    MARKHAM, ON, Oct. 6 /CNW/ - Ontarians can choose a positive plan for our
families, for our health care, for our economy, for our publicly funded
schools, or the politics of division - which would weaken us, said Premier
Dalton McGuinty.
    "Our Ontario has a tradition of working, building and dreaming together.
In Ontario, it is not the things that divide us that define us, it is the
things that unite us that make us who we are," said Premier McGuinty.
    "That's why we are calling on Ontarians to reject the Conservatives'
divisive scheme to weaken our publicly funded schools, where our children
learn to play, work and dream together," McGuinty said.
    Ontario's publicly funded school system would be at risk if Conservatives
are allowed to divert half a billion dollars to private religious schools.
    Together, over the past four years, Ontarians have strengthened our
province's schools, hospitals and economy, said Premier McGuinty.
    "In our publicly funded schools, we have more resources, higher reading,
writing and math scores, and improving graduation rates. Half a million more
Ontarians have a family doctor, and we're hiring nurses, building new
hospitals, and reducing wait times for several important procedures," McGuinty
    "Our economy is growing and we have almost 400,000 more jobs than we had
four years ago. The $5.6 billion deficit we inherited from the Conservatives
has been eliminated, and the budget is now balanced," he said.
    "Right here in York Region, we've hired more than 700 new teachers, we've
got a new family health team, and improved public transportation," said Dr.
Helena Jaczek, Liberal candidate in Oak-Ridges-Markham.
    "All of those things are at risk if the Conservatives are allowed to take
Ontario backwards," said Revenue Minister Michael Chan, Liberal candidate in
Markham-Unionville. "Across Ontario, our positive plan is getting results, but
we have much more to do."
    The Ontario Liberal plan to move Ontario forward includes a number of
measures to help families in the rapidly-growing Markham area and across
Ontario. We will:
      -  Introduce full day kindergarten to give our kids their best start
         while freeing up 20,000 spaces for children four years old and
         under, as well as 8,000 child care subsidies
      -  Provide a $300 textbook and technology grant for postsecondary
      -  Provide low and middle income seniors with a property tax grant of
         up to $500 to ensure they can stay in their own homes
      -  Implement green incentives for homeowners that will save them money
         and conserve energy. Homeowners can:
           -  Receive up to $150 towards a home energy audit, which will
              identify what in your home is wasting energy, and what can be
              done about it
           -  Get up to $5,000 for home energy retrofits - including things
              like insulation ENERGY STAR(R) qualified furnaces, and solar
              powered hot water systems
           -  Buy ENERGY STAR(R) light bulbs and appliances and not pay a
              cent of retail sales tax.

    McGuinty told the crowd: "We've come too far together, and we want too
much for Ontario families, to do anything but keep moving forward."

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