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Autism Court Ruling

Conservative Response
to McGuinty Government's Appeal of Autism Court Ruling

Frank Klees, MPP Oak Ridges:

Statement in the Ontario Legislature
April 6, 2005


Mr. Frank Klees (Oak Ridges): Speaker, Dalton McGuinty made this unqualified promise to autistic children and their parents: "The Ontario Liberals support extending autism treatment beyond the age of six." That same Dalton McGuinty said, and I quote "I…believe that the lack of government-funded IBI treatment for autistic children over six is unfair and discriminatory."

Those promises were made while Dalton McGuinty was scratching for votes in every corner of the province and behind every issue. So desperately did he want to be Premier, that no promise was with-held, and no issue was beyond his political ambition.

He is Premier now, and while he and his ministers have the titles, the offices and the trappings of power, they have lost the respect, the trust and the confidence of the very people who entrusted them with leadership responsibilities.

Speaker, integrity is about keeping your word, doing what is right and having the courage to face difficult issues head-on.

This legislature and the people of Ontario have witnessed their Premier fail autistic children and their parents on all three counts.

- He did not keep his word

- He did not do what is right

- And he did not even have the courage to face those with whom he broke faith. Choosing rather, to turn his back on those to whom he made commitments, and refusing to take responsibility, and deflecting any and all questions on this important issue to his ministers….who were equally as evasive.

Speaker, the people on Ontario deserve better!

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