Open Letter to John Tory - Ontario is First

    TORONTO, Sept. 23 /CNW/ -

    Mr. John Tory
    Leader, Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario
    401-19 Duncan Street
    Toronto, ON
    M5H 3H1

    Dear Mr. Tory,

    RE: The negative option in the October 10th election

    Everywhere you go across this great province, you run it down. You
    repeated your negative message during last week's Leader's Debate.

    If only you knew Ontario better.

    The Ontario we live in is a Canadian, North American and world leader.

    We are number one in auto production in North America for three years
    running. That's first place. And our financial services sector ranks in
    the top ten worldwide.

    Ontario has 58% of its workforce equipped with a post secondary
    education. That's the highest rate of any G8 country.

    When it comes to our health care, we are the first province to fund
    insulin pumps for diabetic children, have the most comprehensive newborn
    screening program in the country (after Conservatives left us in last
    place) and have the first province-wide colorectal cancer screening
    program in the country.

    When it comes to our children in school, we are the first jurisdiction to
    implement a hard cap on class sizes in the early grades, the only place
    in the world where anaphylactic students are protected by law, and the
    first province to ban junk food in elementary schools.

    When it comes to cleaning up our environment, we're the only province
    closing coal fired generation plants, we're building the biggest solar
    farm in North America, have the toughest legislation to make polluters
    pay (You Spill, You Pay), which you voted against, and the strongest
    Clean Water Act in Canada, which the Conservatives also voted against.

    A real leader needs to be able to sell Ontario to the world in order to
    bring investments home. A real leader instills pride in our communities,
    real inspiration in our citizens, and real hope for our future.

    You and your party have shown yourselves to be nothing but the negative
    option in this election.

    Watching you belittle all the progress Ontarians have been making
    together in the last four years, degrading our teachers, denigrating our
    nurses and doctors, attacking our police and crown attorneys, makes me
    realize how proud I am to serve with Dalton McGuinty as the Premier of

    Because Dalton McGuinty knows we are all in this together. And that
    everyone working together will raise everyone higher.

    Your negative approach of dividing and fragmenting would only bring
    Ontario down.


    Sandra Pupatello
    Minister of Economic Development and Trade

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