Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 11, 2007 10:00 ET

Hampton Challenges McGuinty Betrayals of Working Families

RICHMOND HILL, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 11, 2007) - NDP Leader Howard Hampton says this election gives Ontarians the chance to choose between McGuinty Liberal betrayals and the NDP's plan for a fair deal for today's working families.

"Dalton McGuinty's priorities are wrong. He put himself and his friends ahead of working families," Hampton said while speaking at Leaps and Bounds, a centre that provides treatment for children with autism.

"Mr. McGuinty gave himself a $40,000 raise and handed out millions of slush fund dollars to his friends. But he broke promises to working families, like children with autism and their families. He denied them services he said he would deliver. That's someone who will do or say anything to win your vote but won't keep his promises after the election," the NDP Leader said.

Joining Hampton at today's press conference was NDP York Simcoe Candidate Nancy Morrison. Her son has autism. During the last election, McGuinty wrote Morrison a letter that promised autism services for every child who needs them. But after the election, McGuinty broke that promise. He even gave lawyers $2.4 million to fight parents in court so he could break his promise.

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. That includes Burak Aslanboga. His parents Cemil and Nazile Aslanboga had to sell their home because that's the only way they could raise the money they need to pay the $5,000-a-month bill for their son's autism services. Hampton says that's unacceptable - and a clear sign that McGuinty is out of touch with working families.

"McGuinty Liberals have disgraced themselves by breaking their promises to Ontario's most vulnerable citizens and their families. You can't count on Liberals," Hampton said. "Ontarians want a provincial government that puts people first, that guarantees opportunities for all our young people, including children with autism. To make that happen, Ontario needs more NDP MPPs standing up for working families."

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