Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

October 02, 2007 08:25 ET

Vote NDP to Make Sure Dalton McGuinty Doesn't Let Down Working Families Again, Says Hampton

HANMER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 2, 2007) - Ontario NDP Leader Howard Hampton and outgoing NDP Nickel Belt MPP Shelley Martel hosted a high-energy momentum breakfast with NDP Candidates France Gelinas (Nickel Belt) and Dave Battaino (Sudbury) this morning. With just eight days to go, Hampton is visiting two more ridings in Northern Ontario today, including Gilles Bisson's campaign in Kapuskasing and John Vanthof's campaign in Kirkland Lake.

"When Dalton McGuinty promises and says anything to get people's votes, and then breaks all his promises, he's letting down working families. If you want to make sure Dalton McGuinty doesn't let you down again, vote NDP," said Hampton.

"New Democrats represent the interests of hard-working families. We have thoughtful and practical ideas to make peoples' lives better and more affordable. We don't sell out our principles on fundamental priorities like keeping health care public and making sure our children get the education they deserve," he said.

Highlighting McGuinty's broken promise to provide autism services to Ontario children who need it, Hampton recognized Martel's outstanding accomplishments in ending government discrimination against children with autism over age six, and highlighting the desperate need to fund Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) treatment.

"Every child who needs IBI autism therapy should have access to it. That's the only fair thing to do. The NDP will put children and families first by providing publicly funded IBI services in classrooms for all children with autism, and clear the waiting list for autism services," said Hampton.

As of March 31, 2007, 1,100 children were languishing on waiting lists for autism services. That's an increase of 1,200 per cent from when the McGuinty Liberals took office. McGuinty even wasted $2.4 million of public money fighting parents in the courts for the right to break his promise.

New Democrats will increase investment in autism by $100 million to provide respite care, to conduct research into the causes of autism and to completely eliminate the waiting list for IBI treatment. No more broken promises. With the NDP, children with autism will finally get the respect and treatment they deserve.

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