Oops, I did it again: Tory Health Numbers Don't Add Up

    QUEEN'S PARK, ON, March 7 /CNW/ - John Tory made yet another gaffe over
health numbers and was forced to do an about face, this time at stops in
Cobourg and Brighton yesterday.
    In a press release, John Tory said cataract surgery wait times at
Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg were up 15 per cent, when in fact
they are down.
    He had to be corrected by hospital president Joan Ross, who said: "I
think we have the lowest, or one of the lowest, wait times (in Ontario)."
(Cobourg Daily Star, March 7, 2007)
    At the end of the day, John Tory was forced to admit he was wrong.
    This isn't the first time John Tory's numbers were written in magical
ink. In Ottawa, John Tory had to apologize over questionable numbers regarding
hospital deficits.
    Here is what Doug Angus, a health economist at the University of Ottawa
said about Tory's numbers at the time: "... I suspect they are playing with
the numbers. This is an outlandishly high figure. That's virtually impossible
to see. They are so far off base on that one. There is no way. It's
impossible" (Ottawa Citizen, October 29, 2004).
    And let's remember, this is the party that somehow miscalculated the
$5.5 billion deficit they left Ontarians when in government.
    The only number John Tory really seems to be sure about is the
$2.5 billion he wants to cut from health care.
    Here are the facts: Health funding is up and wait times are coming down.
Ontario Liberals will continue to move forward with improved health care. The
Conservatives would only take us back to the Harris/Eves days of cuts and

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