Tory Leader says it's time for a Premier who will keep his word
TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - Ontario PC Leader John Tory says Dalton McGuinty
is out of time, and his legacy will be the long list of promises he made to
Ontarians - and didn't keep.
"These broken promises hurt real people. Policies are about people - and
it's those people who are hurt when the Liberal leader doesn't live up to the
commitments he makes," Tory said. "Dalton McGuinty's time is up, and his
record is clear. He did not deliver for the people of Ontario."
Some of these promises include:
- Not raising taxes (the Liberals introduced their Health Premium with
their first budget)
- Rolling back tolls on Hwy 407
- Capping hydro rates at 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour until 2006
- Unclogging Emergency Rooms
- Diverting 60% of municipal garbage to recycling by 2005
- Closing coal-fired electricity plants by 2007
- Eliminating barriers to foreign-trained professionals within one year
- Making the Ministry of Agriculture a lead ministry
"Dalton McGuinty will say anything to get elected. That is not leadership.
I have laid out a clear and affordable plan and will deliver on that plan,"
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FOR A BETTER ONTARIO: LEADERSHIP MATTERS
McGuinty's Record of Broken Promises
Dalton McGuinty signed a pledge and told us he would not raise our taxes.
In June, 2004, his government introduced biggest tax grab in Ontario
history with their $2.4 billion Health Tax.
To deflect blame for his original broken promise Dalton McGuinty made a
second promise to review the health tax in 2009. Upon the release of his 2007
platform, he broke this promise as well saying the so-called health tax was
here to stay because "I need that money."
Dalton McGuinty promised a hard cap on class sizes from JK to Grade 3.
"This will be a real cap," he told the Ontario English Catholic Teachers
Association in 2002. "It will be a hard cap. I'm not talking, you won't have
31 students, you won't have 21 students, you won't have 20.5 students, you'll
have 20 students."
Less than two-thirds of class sizes have been capped at 20. Students in
the upper grades have been forced into portables and basements filled with
more and more students.
Having broken that promise once already, Dalton McGuinty's 2007 platform
is once again promising to cap class sizes at 20 kids, the exact same promise
he failed to keep four years ago.
Dalton McGuinty promised Ontario that 75% of students would meet or
exceed the provincial standard on province-wide tests within the first
mandate. "That's a guarantee," he said. "If we fail to deliver on that
guarantee, I expect every member of the media, and every voter to hold me
accountable, come the next election."
Dalton McGuinty's own numbers show that less than two-thirds of students
are meeting the provincial standard.
Rather than stand and be held accountable for his failed 'guarantee',
Dalton McGuinty is once again promising to have 75% of kids meet the
Dalton McGuinty promised to hire 8,000 new nurses.
He's hired only 5,400. More than 1,500 of them are in temporary
positions. And he spent $91 million to fire nearly 1,000 nurses.
Now it's 2007 and, notwithstanding the fact that his original promise is
short by thousands of nurses, Dalton McGuinty's new platform is promising to
hire 9,000 more nurses.
Dalton McGuinty promised to make sure that people got the health care the
need when they need it, where they need it. In 2003, they said there were
nearly one million Ontarians without a family doctor.
Four years later there are still one million Ontarians without a family
doctor. The number of areas designated as underserviced for family doctors was
122 in 2003. The number of areas designated as underserviced for family
doctors is 142 in 2007. The percentage of doctors accepting new patients was
20.2% in 2003. The percentage of doctors accepting new patients was 9.6% in
Dalton McGuinty promised standards for medically acceptable wait times.
And he promised a wait times website that was "up-to-date" and "accurate."
Ontarians are waiting nearly two months longer for hip replacements than
is medically acceptable. Five months longer for knee replacements. Three
months longer for MRIs. One month longer for CT scans. And in some areas, the
wait is much longer - like in Kingston where the wait time is 727 days for a
When Dalton McGuinty spent $2 million on an advertising campaign for the
wait times website, Advertising Standards Canada said the ads were misleading.
Mr. McGuinty was forced to pull the ads.
Dalton McGuinty promised to "unclog ERs".
Under his leadership, wait times in Ontario's emergency rooms have gone
up - and Dalton McGuinty and his Minister of Health, George Smitherman have
consistently and repeatedly rejected any and all attempts to have emergency
rooms included in the wait times program.
Under Dalton McGuinty's leadership, Ontario watched 30,000 citizens leave
the province in 2006 in search of brighter opportunities in Alberta.
Under Dalton McGuinty's leadership, Ontario's economic growth has fallen
behind all other provinces and is now predicted by Scotiabank to be dead last
in all of Canada for 2007.
Since the start of 2005, more than 133,000 Ontarians have lost their
well-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector.
The 9.4% unemployment rate in Windsor is nearly twice the provincial
Dalton McGuinty said smog killed 1,900 people a year. He said he was
going to close the coal plants by 2007 - that we would have cleaner air "come
hell or high water."
Now he says the coal plants won't close until at least 2014 - and even
then some will be kept operational. And he provided $6 million to expand the
use of coal-burning technologies in Ontario.
Since Dalton McGuinty came to power, Ontario has had 126 smog days.
Between 1995 and 2003, before Dalton McGuinty became Premier, Ontario had only
113 smog days.
Dalton McGuinty promised to halt the construction of 6,600 homes on the
Oak Ridges Moraine.
More than 5,500 of them were built.
Dalton McGuinty promised to divert 60% of municipal garbage to recycling
by 2005. Ontario was told they had an "amazing plan" to keep this promise.
Not only did they not have an amazing plan, they didn't even have a bad
plan - they have no plan at all.
Dalton McGuinty promised strong rights for victims of crime.
Dalton McGuinty closed the victims of crime office. Catch-and-release
justice has become the rule in Dalton McGuinty's Ontario. In 2006, 7 out of 10
people accused of murder in Toronto were under some kind of court order at the
time the murder occurred. Michael Bryant, Dalton McGuinty's Attorney General
has introduced 5 pieces of legislation in the past 4 years. Not one of them
addressed rights for victims of crime.
Dalton McGuinty's 2007 platform fails to so much as mention victims'
Dalton McGuinty's Broken Promises in Summary:
- I will not raise your taxes
- Balance the budget every year of their mandate; abide by the balanced
- Close coal-fired electricity plants by 2007
- Cap hydro rates at 4.3 cents per kilowatt hour until 2006
- Set a hard cap of 20 students for early grades
- Provide autism treatment to children beyond the age of 6: the only
action Dalton McGuinty has taken here has been what was forced upon
him by a court decision and an appeal
- Ensure 75% of children meet or exceed the provincial standard on
province-wide tests within the first mandate
- Fix the funding formula, paying special attention to northern and
- Unclog Emergency Rooms
- Provide better mental health care
- Close "private" MRI and CT clinics
- Meet 3/4 of Ontario's share of the Kyoto commitments
- Divert 60% of municipal garbage to recycling by 2005
- Ban organics waste in our landfills
- Ensure that the revenue from licensing goes directly to the
Ministry of Natural Resources so that they have the necessary
resources to protect fish and wildlife
- Place a moratorium on school closings until 2006 (150 schools closed
during that time)
- Provide a Seamless Transportation Network across the GTA
- Stop 6,600 houses from being built on the Oak Ridges Moraine
- Build 20,000 new affordable housing units
- Allow all non-cabinet MPPs to criticize and vote against government
- Reduce the use of private consultants
- Spend $300 million to create tens of thousands of new child care
spaces (only $25 million has been spent to date)
- Make the Ministry of Agriculture a lead ministry
- Implement all of Justice O'Connor's Recommendations
- Provide 35,000 Housing Allowances
- Repeal the Tenant Protection Act within one year
- Provide legal rights to victims of crime
- Require trades and professions to accept qualified immigrants within
- Establish a public inquiry into meat inspections
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