to Dalton McGuinty: Keep Your Promises
QUEEN'S PARK - Shelley Martel, MPP for Nickel Belt and the NDP Health and Long-Term Care Critic, is dismayed by today's Court of Appeal decision but emphasized that, for New Democrats, this issue has always been a political issue about what Dalton McGuinty promised during the 2003 election and what he has continually failed to do.
"Dalton McGuinty made an explicit promise to the parents of autistic children. He promised IBI treatment for every single child who needs it - regardless of age," Martel said.
"Mr. McGuinty should never have dragged parents and their vulnerable autistic children through the courts, at great expense to taxpayers and the families, just so he could break a promise. I am calling on the premier to do the right thing for autistic children and extend IBI treatment to all children who need it -- without delay."
In a letter, dated September 17th, 2003, to Bradford, Ont., parent Nancy Morrison, McGuinty said:
last week, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal ruled that children with
autism - whose provincially funded therapy is denied after age 6 - are
now free to proceed with their argument that the McGuinty government
is discriminating against them on the basis of age.