Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 09, 2007 12:07 ET

Fortress McGuinty: McGuinty Ignoring Working Families and Their Issues

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 9, 2007) - Dalton McGuinty's done everything he can this campaign to avoid real Ontarians and the issues that matter to them. Premier Dalton McGuinty has not knocked on one voter's door since the writ was dropped on Sept. 10 (Toronto Sun, October 9, 2007). Dalton McGuinty says people don't care that he's hiding from them. He's wrong. Across Ontario, people are speaking out against his cynical campaign:

"The 2007 election will be remembered as a campaign that was hijacked by a red herring -- the herring in question being the issue of public funding for Muslim, Jewish, fundamentalist Christian and other faith-based schools. I am not suggesting the religious schools dispute is not a real issue... But is it the most urgent issue in Ontario? Or does it fade into relative insignificance when set against some of the great problems confronting us today? ...It is appalling that Ontario, prosperous Ontario, should have become, as Hampton describes it, the "child poverty capital of Canada." It is shocking that in Ontario, rich Ontario, nursing homes are so inadequately funded, understaffed and poorly supervised that seniors -- our parents -- are left for hours in soiled diapers. Maybe in an impoverished Third-World country, but in affluent Ontario?" -- The Kitchener Waterloo Record, October 9, 2007

"This campaign - to the detriment of all those Ontarians who can't get family doctors, or who wait many months for specialists or surgical procedures, or who can't be serviced by KGH because it must turn the needy away - has focused mostly on issues of much less import." - Kingston Whig Standard, October 9, 2007

"The Liberals have done a masterful, if cynical, job with (the faith based schools) issue. The premier, himself and his family consumers of faith-based schools, stands up repeatedly and talks about how faith-based schools segregate. Obviously he can't actually believe it...." - Ottawa Citizen, October 9, 2007

"If there is one issue that has suffered more than others because of the focus on public funding for faith-based schools, it has to be the environment... Since Sept. 10, the words McGuinty and environment have appeared in Osprey News in the same story only 12 times, and none of those had anything to do with the Liberal Party's environment platform in this election. Much of it was fear-mongering on McGuinty's behalf about what the Progressive Conservatives will do to the province, or the PCs dredging up broken Liberal promises... at least Hampton has a reference that includes an actual environmental policy point, that requiring manufacturers to list toxins on labels. He has also made better environmental policy a cornerstone of NDP support for a minority government." - Niagara Falls Review, October 9, 2007

"As NDP Leader Howard Hampton said last week, the focus on public funding for faith-based schools has allowed Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty "a free ride" in this election. That comment may have come a little late in the campaign, but it should make voters sit up and take notice. There is more to consider than this one issue as you head to a polling station. Health care, the environment, provincial-municipal relations, taxes, accountability and energy are among a host of concerns and issues that should be at the fore of any decision at the ballot box." - Welland Tribune, October 9, 2007

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