Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

October 18, 2005 10:58 ET

McGUINTY TO VISIT NIAGARA REGION - LABOUR SET TO RALLY AGAINST P3s

Queen's Landing Inn and Conference Centre, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Wednesday, October 19, 2005, 12:00 Noon Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 18, 2005) - "In 2005 the Niagara Region said a resounding 'NO' to P3s (public/private/partnerships)," said OFL President Wayne Samuelson. "In June more than 12,000 people in St. Catharines voted in a citizen-called community-wide vote about keeping hospitals public. The results of this first plebiscite by the Niagara & Ontario Health Coalition were decisive - with a vote of 98% saying "Keep our hospitals public and non-profit."

"What did Premier McGuinty do with this information? His response was to continue his government's push for P3s in St. Catharines," Samuelson said.

Before being elected Premier, this is what Dalton McGuinty said about P3s:

"We've seen no evidence that private care is any cheaper, but plenty that it's more expensive and of lesser quality. That is why we are against the Harris-Eves' plan to allow P3 hospitals and private MRI/CT clinics. We are committed to expanding access in the public system. We believe public hospitals should exist in facilities that are publicly owned."

Samuelson will be joined by activists and leaders from the Niagara Region and affiliated unions of the OFL.

"After two years and a litany of broken promises it's time to send a clear message to Dalton McGuinty," Samuelson said. "We want our public services rebuilt not sold off."

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/For further information: Dana Boettger
Communications Director
Ontario Federation of Labour
416.443.7665
1.800.668.9138
www.ofl.ca/ IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS

Contact Information

  • Wayne Samuelson, President, Ontario Federation of Labour
    Primary Phone: 416-571-7408