Ontario Liberals Fighting to Keep Ontario Moving Forward

    McGuinty Says The Progress Hamiltonians Have Made - And The Progress We
    Can Make In the Years Ahead - Is At Stake On October 10th

    HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals are fighting for families
and the public services they depend on, says Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "After so many years of conflict, cuts and division, first under the NDP
and then Conservatives, Ontario is moving forward," he told a party gathering
here this afternoon.
    "All of our progress - in public services like schools and hospitals - is
at risk if the Conservatives are allowed to take Ontario backwards," said
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Liberal candidate Ted McMeekin
    "Ontario Liberals fight for publicly funded education, for publicly
funded, publicly delivered health care. We fight for a cleaner environment,
and a greener, more prosperous economy," said Hamilton East-Stoney Creek
Liberal candidate Nerene Virgin.
    "Ontario Liberals are committed to leading that fight on behalf of
hard-working families, here in Hamilton and right across Ontario. But we need
your support to help keep Ontario moving forward," said Hamilton Mountain
Liberal candidate Sophia Aggelonitis.
    In Hamilton, the Conservatives would put rapid transit projects through
MoveOntario 2020 - including two light rail lines across Hamilton - at risk.
Projects like the Lister Block restoration, and the clean up of Randle Reef
would no longer have a certain future.
    In addition, 357 teachers' jobs could be at risk because the
Conservatives have said they would divert $500 million out of our publicly
funded education system.
    "The Conservatives want to take half a billion dollars from our publicly
funded schools, just when they're back on their feet, and divert it to
private, religious schools," said McGuinty. "That's why this election is a
choice between moving forward with the Ontario Liberals - or going backwards
under the Conservatives."
    McGuinty spoke to an enthusiastic crowd at Michelangelo's Banquet Centre.
    "The province is at a turning point - we can continue to move forward, or
go backwards to the days of hospital closings, teachers' strikes and a lack of
investment in our city," said Hamilton Centre Liberal candidate Steve Ruddick.
    "I've seen what a Conservative government does to our publicly funded
education system firsthand," said Niagara West-Glanbrook Liberal candidate
Mike Lostracco. "I'm running because as a principal, I could not stand by and
watch the Conservatives try to take Ontario backwards."
    Today's meeting in Hamilton came after an event in Toronto, where
McGuinty was backed by firefighters and retired police officers, nurses and
teachers and other hard-working ordinary Ontarians who have joined the fight
for the public services our families rely on.
    Following the gathering in Hamilton, the Premier moved on to a campaign
event with the Liberal team in London.

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