Ontario Liberals Are On The Side Of Public Schools, Public Medicare, And The Public Interest: Dalton McGuinty

    Conservatives Would Take The Province Backwards, Premier Says

    QUEEN'S PARK, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The October 10th election is a choice
between moving forward with the Ontario Liberals or falling backwards under
the failed Conservative approach, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "This election is about choosing the kind of future you want for your
family," the Ontario Liberal Leader told reporters before boarding his
campaign bus for the first time.
    "It's a choice between the Ontario Liberal plan that's working to
strengthen publicly funded schools, and publicly funded Medicare - and the
Conservatives' divisive bid to divert tax dollars to private religious
schools, cut billions from health care for private, for profit, health
clinics," McGuinty said.
    "It's a choice between those who most value the public interest and those
who most value private interests, because the sad fact of the matter is, the
Conservatives haven't changed."
    McGuinty thanked Ontarians for the progress the province has made over
the past four years.
    "We've come a long way together," he said.
    "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 340,000 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.
    "And Ontario is greener. We've permanently protected from development a
greenbelt spanning more than one million acres across the Golden Horseshoe.
    Ontario has a tough new Clean Water Act and new protections for
endangered species, and a plan is in place to green our economy," McGuinty
    "But there's far more to do.  And this election is about who has the
right plan and judgment we need for the future," he said.
    "The choice is between the team and the agenda that is moving Ontario
forward, or someone who thinks the most important thing we can do at this
point in our history - when our children need skills more than ever before,
when our seniors' population is growing faster than ever before - is to focus
on private religious schools and for-profit health care."
    "You can elect a Liberal government by voting Liberal. Or you can elect a
Conservative government by voting for one of the other parties. If you care
about moving our province forward, ask yourself: do we really need another
Conservative government?"
    Ontario's progress is at risk if the Conservatives get the chance to
follow through on their plan to take $3 billion out of health care every year
and divert half a billion dollars a year from publicly funded schools to
private religious schools, he said.
    McGuinty started the day by visiting with children at Elder's Mills
Public School, a publicly funded school in Woodbridge.

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