Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 05, 2007 15:25 ET

McGuinty Wrong on Autism Facts-Again

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 5, 2007) - Earlier today McGuinty Liberals claimed that the NDP did not commit to helping children with autism before McGuinty's election. It's more evidence of McGuinty's casual relationship with the truth, and a good example of why they don't deserve another majority.

For the record, NDP MPP Shelley Martel was leading the fight day-after-day for children with autism before, and after, Dalton McGuinty decided to lie to them to win votes:



Ms Shelley Martel (Nickel Belt): I have a question for the Minister of
Community, Family and Children's Services. The following notice was posted
on the Halton autism society Web site: "Johnny's 1st Annual Fundraiser
Garage Sale and Car Wash, Saturday Morning, June 21, 2003," in Burlington.

"Johnny has autism. All fundraising is for Johnny's IBI medically necessary
treatment. On May 18, 2003, Johnny had his sixth birthday. As a birthday
present, the Ontario government cut funding for his treatment, as they are
doing with all children with autism when they turn six. Treatment costs up
to $55,000 a year. We don't have it."
Minister, why are you forcing Ontario families to these lengths just to get
medically necessary treatment for their autistic children?
Ontario Hansard - 16-June 2003

Ms Shelley Martel (Nickel Belt): I have a question to the Minister of
Community, Family and Children's Services. Yesterday, Judge Lane dismissed
your government's attempt to appeal the ruling by Justice Gans which
forces your government to pay for IBI treatment for six-year-old Andrew
Lowrey. In his decision, Judge Lane said, "This case is about one
six-year-old boy who will suffer irreparable harm if he does not receive
this treatment." Hundreds of other autistic children like Andrew also face
irreparable harm because your government cuts them off from IBI treatment
when they turn age six, because they languish on a waiting list and never
receive treatment at all, or because their parents face financial ruin as
they try to pay for this costly treatment themselves.

Minister, when is your government going to do the right thing and fund IBI
treatment for all autistic children who need it?
Ontario Hansard - 28-May 2003

Ms Martel: May I remind you, Minister, with respect to your commitment,
that it was your government that was in court trying to appeal a ruling
forcing you to pay for treatment for Andrew. That's the level of your
commitment to these kids. May I also remind you that right now we have 29
Ontario families taking your government to court because you have
arbitrarily cut off treatment for their children at age six; we have
another 80 families who have filed complaints before the Ontario Human
Rights Commission, arguing your government discriminates against their
children on the basis of age; we have the Ombudsman, who is doing a special
investigation because of the waiting lists for IBI treatments; and
yesterday, Justice Lane dismissed your government's blatant attempt to try
and undermine a court ruling that said Andrew's treatment should be paid
for? I ask you again, Minister, when is your government going to do the
right thing and pay for IBI treatment for every autistic child who needs
it?
Ontario Hansard - 28-May 2003

Ms Shelley Martel (Nickel Belt): I have a question for the Deputy Premier.
There are thousands of Ontario children who suffer from autism. You know
that IBI is a proven treatment for this neurological illness, but your
government continues to deny hundreds of children this necessary medical
treatment.

The BC Court of Appeal has recently ruled that withholding IBI treatment
violates an autistic child's human rights. The court has ordered that the
government fund IBI treatment for all children who need it and the court
has also made it clear that the order will be enforced.

Ontario families are preparing to take your government to court to try and
get the IBI treatment they need for their children. Deputy Premier, will
you save these families a long and expensive court battle and fully fund
IBI treatment for all autistic children in Ontario who need it?
Ontario Hansard - 17-October 2002

Ms Shelley Martel (Nickel Belt): I have a question for the Minister of
Health. Your government is turning its back on thousands of autistic
children in this province. Recent numbers from OHIP show that one in 500
Ontario children is diagnosed with autism. We now have a proven treatment
for this neurological illness, known as intensive behavioural intervention,
but the vast majority of these children will never get the treatment they
need. Your government funds IBI treatment as a disability service through
the Ministry of Community, Family and Children's Services. This medically
necessary treatment should be funded through OHIP. Will you commit today to
providing children with the medically necessary treatment they need, and
will you fully fund IBI treatment to all children who need it regardless
of their age?
Ontario Hansard - 24-June 2002

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