Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 08, 2007 18:00 ET

McGuinty Doesn't Care About Seniors

KINGSTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2007) - NDP Leader Howard Hampton says Dalton McGuinty is still hiding behind faith-based schools and negative advertising. McGuinty's refusal to talk about his record shows he doesn't care about issues like the living conditions of seniors in long-term care.

"Dalton McGuinty wants us to sleepwalk to election day," said Hampton. "Working families won't be fooled - they see the disgusting, disgraceful state some seniors in long-term care are forced to live in, and the fact that Dalton McGuinty has had four years to do something about it and done nothing. If he gets another blank cheque majority on Wednesday - he'll continue to do nothing."

Hampton was joined at a Kingston campaign stop by Vince Maloney. Vince's wife has been in long-term care for 11 years and Vince struggles every month to cover the costs.

A report by the Ontario Federation of Labour released late last week suggests the Ontario government is helping to break its own laws by allowing nursing homes to leave residents lying for hours in soiled diapers.

"Staff are being rewarded with pizza parties for not changing seniors' diapers," said Hampton. "It's absolutely sickening. People have come up to me over the past few days haunted by the image of seniors - the people who built this province, our mothers and fathers - living in soiled diapers. What's Dalton McGuinty's reaction? Nothing. He simply doesn't care."

Hampton says that Dalton McGuinty's majority government allowed him to break his promise to re-impose minimum standards of care and get away with not giving long-term care homes the resources they need to provide seniors with the dignity they deserve.

"Don't give Dalton McGuinty another arrogant, complacent uncaring majority that has no reason to do anything or listen to anyone. If you care about seniors, if you care about kids with autism, if you care about child poverty - then I'm asking you, vote for someone else who cares on Wednesday - vote NDP," said Hampton.

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