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Horwath killed child care improvements, says Orazietti

Tuesday, May 13, 2014   by: Staff
Provincial Liberals continue strong support for improving child care

Provincial NDP Kill Child Care Modernization Act set to become Legislation
SAULT STE. MARIE – Andrea Horwath’s NDP are misleading the public on child care barely a week after refusing to support the 2014 Liberal Budget, containing significant funding for child care modernization across the province. 
“Ten days ago, Andrea Horwath’s NDP triggered a costly provincial election after refusing to support substantial improvements to the quality and safety of child care in Ontario,” said David Orazietti, Liberal Candidate. “If the provincial NDP genuinely cared about improving child care they would have supported the budget instead of plunging the province into an unnecessary election that could result in the Hudak-Harris Conservative’s firing 100,000 public workers and undermining gains in health care and education.”
The Liberal Budget, which was killed by Horwath and Hudak, included additional support for children and families by further increasing the Ontario Child Benefit by up to $100 annually.
With this increase, the benefit would have more than doubled to up to $1,310 annually. 
“I have made improving early childhood learning and child care a priority because we know this public service is important to meet local needs and help parents balance the demands of work and family,” said Orazietti. “The NDP and the PC’s are jeopardizing the gains we have made in child care, as well as the increased supports we are proposing for these services.”
The Liberal Budget would have helped preserve spaces, kept fees stable and further supported child safety through increased licensing activity and enhanced investigation and enforcement capacity.
In forcing the election, the NDP killed the Child Care Modernization Act that contained numerous improvements to the system. 
Specific initiatives in the Liberal Budget included:
  • A four year, $346 million plan, to further strengthen childcare services
  • Under the proposed Child Care Modernization Act fines were set to increase substantially from $2,000 to $250,000
  • Wage increases for child care workers
  • Indexing the Ontario Child Care Benefit to inflation
  • Increases to the Student Nutrition Program, that would have provided 56,000 more children a healthy and nutritious start to the day
In fact, leading advocates, such as Andrea Calver of the Ontario Coalition for Better Childcare expressed that: “There are a tremendous number of things in this budget that can do a lot of good for people, for child care staff, for personal support workers and for those with developmental disabilities. I remain hopeful that the budget will pass and that we'll be able to make the gains for child care workers and personal support workers.”

Unlike the Liberal support for child care, the NDP cut funding to children's treatment centres, increasing children's wait times.  
The Hudak-Harris Conservative’s called for the abolishment of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, thus leaving children and youth throughout the province without a voice in government. 

Provincial Liberal support for child care in Ontario includes:
  • Since 2003, funding for child protection has increased by approximately 40 percent, to $1.55 billion in 2013-14
  • Since 2003, autism investments have more than quadrupled to over $186 million
  • In 2013-14 the province is investing over $917 million to provide services and supports for children with mental health challenges, autism, core rehabilitation, respite and complex special needs
  • Since 2003, funding for the Student Nutrition Program increased by 700 per cent to $32 million annually in order to serve 750,000 students
  • Local support for child services includes $20,199,577 for the Children's Aid Society of Algoma to provide child protection services and $6, 721,642 for a number of local providers, such as Children's Rehabilitation Centre Algoma
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anapeg 5/13/2014 5:14:42 PM Report

Now we get to witness the antics and finger pointing. They are worse than us vote for me! I lie less than they do, vote for me!
Regardless who gets in, we get screwed. We don't even have the choice of voting for the least offensive as it is a tie!
ti-guy 5/13/2014 5:16:28 PM Report

you pegged it
I'm In 5/13/2014 5:33:40 PM Report

Photo Op Dave getting kind of worried, the government is broke so don't make promises like in the budget you won't be able to pay for, what is it you don't get Dave the Province is broke, Andrea was stating facts. The election doesn't cost as much as the Liberal scandals cost the taxpayers which you towed the party line on. Dave your party is in trouble and quit brainwashing the people about a costly election, the OPS took a wage freeze to get the deficit down which didn't happen, the deficit went up and no fault of Public Servants.
dicks 5/13/2014 5:34:57 PM Report

can you even fatham these clowns wanting to over see a provincial pension plan
Entity 5/13/2014 6:09:06 PM Report

Anyone else hating the way David Orazietti has to run a negative campaign because he has nothing positive to say about his own party?

Thanks for all the deficits and new taxes Davey. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
KFM 5/13/2014 6:11:36 PM Report

I don't think I can take a month of this crap. She killed it? What have you screwed up Dave? I guess anything but Hudak would be OK, as long as it is minoraty!
Mr. Poster 5/13/2014 6:17:19 PM Report

DAVID IS doing quite well in the sootoday poll...despite his support for a corrupt liberal party,,he still has a large nucleus of support.
Mr. Poster 5/13/2014 6:34:27 PM Report

Since all parties are deceitful...full of promises they will never keep....lower themselves through negative ads....bound by party allegiance and not the local constituents...

all we can do is forget the parties themselves and VOTE FOR THE BEST LOCAL PERSON.
ROLAND_ROLLY 5/13/2014 7:24:16 PM Report

Best local have to be kidding !

A Liberal government making promises they cannot pay for.

Get rid of David O, time he returns to the real world and joins the teachers. Boy would I like to be around to say that one !

We have no NDP, Time to move this guy along. don't worry, I'm sure he will be taken care of !
wife 5/13/2014 7:25:04 PM Report

The Province is broke so vote for the person who promises nothing.
wife 5/13/2014 7:25:14 PM Report

The Province is broke so vote for the person who promises nothing.
wife 5/13/2014 7:25:31 PM Report

The Province is broke so vote for the person who promises nothing.
wife 5/13/2014 7:26:40 PM Report

Sorry for the repeats computer is on the bum again
Me Myself an I 5/13/2014 7:41:50 PM Report

Well in a way he's right, they voted against it therefore they can not claim they are in favor of improving child care.

Kinda like when Tony Martin would take credit for Federal money being spent here, when the NDP voted against the budgets that allocated the $$$
Dictionary 5/13/2014 7:53:38 PM Report

I'm just blown away that any liberal has the gall to blame this election on anybody but themselves. It is not the NDP or the Conservatives that has eroded public faith in this government.
honda1984 5/13/2014 9:06:26 PM Report

mister photo opp..aka david o I think did well for the soo and I was thinking of a vote for him again but with all the b.s. he is trying to sell us my vote is swinging away from a campaign not a smear campaing
sweetwill 5/13/2014 9:12:33 PM Report

Time for a change. David has not done enough to gain my vote.
only art 5/13/2014 9:21:47 PM Report

Vote for anyone but the Conservatives... they want to strip our country of health care, pensions, education, public service employees and basic human rights. Privatization is the goal, $$$ forget actually helping the country. Forget the money they promise because unless your tax bracket is through the roof you won't see any of it. The blackness is frightening. No party is perfect but the goal has always been the lesser of all evil - it still applies today. It may be even more important now then ever. Think of the well being of your parents and children. David might not seem so bad if you do.
mosquitos 5/13/2014 9:48:04 PM Report

Vote PC and clean up this mess already!
Tee 5/13/2014 9:52:03 PM Report

David has my vote. Been there done that for years with the NDP...not much to show.
Polls lean towards a PC minority at this time.
STIL2LOW 5/13/2014 10:10:28 PM Report

DONT vote PC, they want to pass the right to work bill. It will crush unions across Ontario
Mr. Poster 5/13/2014 10:34:03 PM Report

Many feel unions are a the Soo Star...local TV.....the paper mill......
Lostclause 5/13/2014 10:47:32 PM Report

They voted against it because $100 a YEAR is a piddly amount. Total of $8.33 a month extra..whoopee! Has nothing to do with taking care of our children as Dave says.
judoka 5/13/2014 11:56:52 PM Report

Are you serious? Vote PC? Well, lets see....who have the conservatives bashed? The seniors, our vets, health care, students, the working man, the postal system ( because they want our seniors to get out and walk...what a bunch of idiots ), first nations, etc, etc. You seriously want more of that? If you do, you must be big business, cause that's who they work for. NDP or green party as far as im concerned. You can say the NDP wont be organized ,or have the experience, but I guarantee they will be more accountable than the liberals or conservatives.
Deano_ 5/14/2014 12:02:55 AM Report

David O..was a terrible teacher and is an even worse politician.
eadiecougs 5/14/2014 12:37:22 AM Report

and who killed the gas plants eh with that money we could of had child care your a moron Dave your finished
Prrrrrrr 5/14/2014 5:33:17 AM Report

It's clear that this release comes from campaign headquarters. Typical Liberals...nothin to offer, but lots to say about other parties....all negative! After a serious surgery in Sudbury, I decided I would never vote Liberal again because of the uphill battle to get there and back. They have treated Northerners like garbage for years. Four hours drive for treatment for serious procedures on highways that are closed due to accidents and weather....why no passenger trains for the North?

We have a Cabinet Minister here, has it helped?

I would vote for the party that promises to find and charge the people responsible for the gas plants scandal.
I feel victimized by the Liberals. It is time to change things in the House, these politicians need to do time in prison for their mistakes. The Liberals have cost this province a horrific amount of money and caused loss of trust and security. It's criminal what they have done and they have the nerve to sling mud on other parties.

Politicians need to know they can and will go to jail for their greedy mistakes.
Sammy1099 5/14/2014 7:11:28 AM Report

"Politicians need to know they can and will go to jail for their greedy mistakes."

I wouldn't hold my breath,considering they are the ones who write the laws.
derand2 5/14/2014 7:24:15 AM Report

The best outcome on June 12 is a result that sends the Liberals into the political abyss and leaves them with so few seats they become irrelevant. Voters crushed these crooks in 1995 but picked Rae who was ineffective at cleaning up Peterson's mess. Ontario is now in far more desperate shape. You don't vote for the nicest candidate. You vote for the one that will keep the ship afloat and back to port for major repairs. Its PCs now or Pcs next time either they are the only choice.
Poncho55 5/14/2014 7:45:51 AM Report

Seriously?? a hundred dollar tax credit?? Who is he kidding? What a low point for this guy!! I thought he was from the real world, but now I know he is in the Liberal world!!

If the budget passed, we would be bankrupt as a province and he knows it! This budget was intended to trigger an election, everybody knows this! Stop lying to us David!!
Mr. Poster 5/14/2014 7:57:10 AM Report

Anyone surprised how well David O is doing in the sootoday poll? I am.
Algodees 5/14/2014 7:57:45 AM Report

I didn't realize that Mike Harris was running in this election. Orazetti scares me when he mentions Mikey. Ooh, Ooh, what will I do? A pox on all their houses.
foxylady069 5/14/2014 8:52:55 AM Report

I could have swore that I just read that we may be losing 2 childcare locations in Sault Ste Marie.
So how was there improvement set for child care in Ontario.....Oh perhaps he meant southern Ontario.
I think many parents and parents-to-be would agree that the government could keep their $8 a month and use it towards keeping those daycares open. Perhaps even providing more subsidized spots for low income earners that are trying to make ends meet.
And before anyone starts with the whole "I don't want to pay for your kids going to daycare" bs. My children are not in daycare. We work shift work and have babysitters for our conflicting shifts. But I have friends that depend on those spots and I am glad to help support it.
As for David's smear campaign....I don't agree with this tactic, it is distasteful and definitely not the way I want our government to be. Always blaming someone else.
streaker 5/14/2014 9:28:53 AM Report

It’s amazing only one leader in the Ontario election campaign — the Progressive Conservative’s Tim Hudak — has promised to end the subsidization of inefficient, unreliable and expensive wind and solar power.

This is an obvious way to save taxpayers and hydro ratepayers billions of dollars in future costs. says hudak

This is REASON ALONE to vote PC

This hydro subsidizing and green energy is devastating to taxpayers and pensioners on a fixed income.

Get rid of this liberal spending machine!!!!
MYPOINT 5/14/2014 9:51:11 AM Report

is as follows ...


Will YOU bring forth a motion for some sort of recall method so that the voters in this Province can fire any /all of those politicians who lie and cheat to get our votes and then have the audacity to break the 'contract' that they make with us?

This question requires a simple YES or NO answer. Please do not try and ignore this question because I WILL ask you the same thing each and every time when or if you are on the campaign trail here in the Sault and I will continue to ask it until YOU respond.

signed: A voter.

As always, your views may differ:)
habsfan 5/14/2014 9:54:39 AM Report

Hey, Dave. Why so worried about what the NDP are doing. Scared. You should be.
trj 5/14/2014 10:17:11 AM Report

@streaker Right On! The Liberal Government has violated our democratic rights and the engorgement by Wind Companies are causing net job losses. "The cost of electricity is a key issue and in Ontario the rates have soared and are now among the highest in North America.

In part, this is because of the Liberal government's "green energy" plan that offers subsidies to those that put up wind turbines and solar panels, then sell the power back to the power grid.

Expensive electricity is stressful. There's evidence that it's forcing manufacturing employers out of the province. Last week, Don Walker, CEO of auto parts giant Magna International, said: "I doubt we'll add any more plants in Ontario" in part because of electricity costs.

Full platforms have not been released by the parties yet. But here's what each has said so far about your hydro bill:

Greens: Conservation is their focus. They'd require utilities to provide grants and "affordable" loans for people to make their homes more energy efficient.

Liberals: Their latest announcement was billed as good news for consumers, but when you check the details, it isn't.

There'll be a 90-cents-a-month hike for most homes to subsidize low-income customers. Total impact: You be paying more each month, and that's before the cost of electricity goes up again.

New Democrats: Piecemeal policy. There's very little so far. Leader Andrea Horwath announced Monday that she will "take the HST" off hydro bills "to put money back into the budgets of middle-class families." Further down in the press release, it's revealed that actually it's only the "provincial portion" of the HST that would come off.
Conservatives: Shock therapy: The plan is to bring electricity prices down, and therefore keep industrial employers here, by ending those Liberal subsidies for wind and solar costs, cutting the hydro bureaucracy.
This election boils down to a choice: Do you like things the way they are, or do you want big changes?

The Conservatives offer radical change. The Liberals offer their record over the past 11 years. The New Democrats offer tweaks on the Liberal program. And those basic distinctions are true of a lot more issues than just your electricity bill."
pruden 5/14/2014 10:55:02 AM Report

I just hope everyone remembers the Harris conservatives and the jobs lost. If the conservatives get in the Harris area will be like a fairy story compared to what Hudak is promising to do. Harper is a prime example of this party no matter what end of the country they are in.

Liberals haven't helped themselves in anyway and the NDP seem so weak and I've voted NDP all my voting years so in other words the best of three evils??????
Mr. Poster 5/14/2014 11:33:06 AM Report

The Liberals are scoundrels who should be in jail.

The Conservatives are out to destroy what is left of Ontario.

The NDP have yet to put forth a plan other than to promise the moon...knowing they will never be elected.

BT1979 5/14/2014 11:41:44 AM Report

Here we go with the liberals telling us what we want to hear material again!
It is awesome how the only time citizens hear great things is election time.
Paddlenut 5/14/2014 2:08:06 PM Report

I'm no fan of Orazetti, but it blows my mind that a tree-stump like Hudak who has been a career politician at the public teat, has such vicious disdain for the public service, and this seems to be lost on people. This man has made no positive contribution to this province in the last 20 years other than spewing his ideology at photo-ops.
streaker 5/14/2014 8:43:52 PM Report

The public sector has been engulfed in great raises, pensions, and benefits
courtesy of the liberal government while all others pay the piper. . Too many golden umbrellas,Eradicating this province into a welfare state.
If you run your household budget the way the Liberals run this province you would be extremely bankrupt. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!!!
Ricatoni 5/15/2014 12:33:05 PM Report

Politicians who needs them ???? I no I don't !!!
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