Premier Dalton McGuinty today visited the expanded Montfort Hospital in Ottawa, which the last PC government attempted to close.
“The last PC government did its best to close Montfort down,” said McGuinty. “Today, we’re standing here because, together, we fought to keep it open and because, in the years since, we’ve doubled its capacity.”
McGuinty also reiterated the Ontario Liberal Plan to invest in the creation of the Orleans Family Health Hub, help fund the major expansion of the Ottawa Heart Institute and work with Montfort as they continue their leadership role in serving the health-care needs of Franco-Ontarians.
The Harris-Hudak PCs closed 28 hospitals, tried to close Montfort Hospital and fired 6,200 nurses. Now the Hudak PCs have a $14 billion hole in their platform that would mean deep cuts to health care. The last NDP government cut medical school spaces and helped create a provincewide doctor shortage. Now the Horwath NDP platform doesn’t address the big challenges we’re facing in health care.
“Based on their previous record, both the PCs and NDP would make the same mistakes again by closing down hospitals and cutting the number of doctors and nurses in the province,” said McGuinty. “Only the Ontario Liberals have a serious plan to continue moving forward, together, on health-care services and infrastructure.”
“After eight years of rebuilding Ontario’s public health system, families need strong leadership and a strong team that will protect the progress we’ve made,” said Community and Social Services Minister Madeleine Meilleur. “Only Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberals have a plan to make Ontario the healthiest place in North America in which to grow up and grow old.”