Missionary zeal?

    TORONTO, Oct. 5 /CNW/ - Despite all the rhetoric, the revolution in long
term care promised by George Smitherman and Dalton McGuinty is stuck in
    On September 16, 2003, Dalton McGuinty told the Toronto Star, "When it
comes to our seniors, we're not putting out some gimmick or bogus promise.
We've got a genuine commitment. It's solid. It's all about improving their
home care and their nursing home care."
    In December of that year, George Smitherman, with tears in his eyes, said
to the same paper, "I want to bring a sense of missionary zeal to the work we
do in this office. We will fix this. We will. We're going to push forward on
this very rapidly."
    And four years later, the Toronto Star is writing stories about residents
in long term care homes being left to sit in soiled diapers until they're 75%
    Rather than writing angry press releases, the two might want to explain
to Ontario's seniors why, after four years in office, the Long Term Care Act
is sitting on the books unenforceable because Dalton McGuinty and George
Smitherman refuse to enact it.
    They might want to explain why they broke their promise of $6000 in
direct bedside care for residents of long term care homes.
    And they might want to explain why so many people are feeling so let down
by their broken promises.
    Here's what the Ontario Long Term Care Association had to say after
Dalton McGuinty's last budget:

    "The needs of 75,000 residents and their families in some 600 long term
    care homes in communities across Ontario have clearly been forgotten in
    today's provincial budget. 'With the one more minute of care funded in
    today's budget, staff will still be run off their feet to meet basic care
    needs,' said Executive Director, Karen Sullivan." (Press Release,
    March 22, 2007)

    And here's what the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services
for Seniors had to say after Dalton McGuinty's last budget:

    "With virtually nothing in the provincial budget for long term care, the
    McGuinty government will be headed into the next election without having
    fulfilled its pledge to the 75,000 seniors who live in these homes. 'For
    long term care, the cupboard is bare,' said Donna Rubin, CEO of the
    Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors
    (OANHSS)." (Press Release, March 22, 2007)

    If this is what passes for being "focused on improving care for Ontario
seniors to provide them with the dignity and respect they deserve" as
Smitherman claims in a recent press release - if this is what passes for
"missionary zeal" - then that just proves that Ontario's seniors can't afford
another four years of a Dalton McGuinty government.
    Leadership Matters.

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For further information: Mike Van Soelen, (647) 722-1760

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