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Orazietti votes at Seniors’ Drop-in Centre

Monday, June 02, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

DAVID ORAZIETTI CAMPAIGN

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Today Liberal candidate David Orazietti voted in the advance polls at the Seniors’ Drop-in Centre and spoke with local seniors about the Liberal plan to support Ontarians as they age.

The Liberal plan makes significant investments in programs and services that benefit seniors and help to make Ontario the best place to age.

“Our 2014 Budget included important supports for seniors and programs to help Ontarians as they age, including the creation of an Ontario pension plan and a $750 million investment in home care to help seniors stay in their homes longer,” said Orazietti.  

“We need to ensure that seniors in our community are treated with the respect they deserve, and that is why we want to implement our plan, which includes programs specifically designed to keep seniors safe, active and healthy for as long as possible.”

The number of seniors in Ontario is expected to double over the next two decades, and the Liberal plan addresses the growing needs of the province's aging population by:

  • Investing $750 million for seniors care and community care services, including $270 million in 2014/15
  • Providing a family doctor for every senior who needs one through our Primary Care Guarantee. As of February 2014, 91% of high-needs seniors who registered with Health Care Connect have been referred to a family health care provider
  • Doubling the Seniors Community Grant Program to $1 million per year, making it easier for seniors to stay engaged in their communities
  • Introducing an Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), cost-effectively building on the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to help seniors retire with security and dignity
  • Increasing the hourly wage for community Personal Support Workers (PSWs) by $4 per hour to strengthen front-line care

By contrast, the NDP have rejected improvements that would provide Ontarians with a stronger retirement future and by opposing the Liberal plan, the NDP rejected increased wages for personal support workers, as well as Early Childhood Educators and are giving the PCs the chance to make devastating and reckless cuts to services.

The PC’s are committed to cutting 100,000 jobs, including 1,349 jobs in Sault Ste. Marie, which would include frontline healthcare workers.

Since 2003, the Liberal government has increased funding to Long-term care homes by 81%, opened 9,000 new beds, renovated 35,000 beds in LTC homes, and increased LTC home staff by 10,000 additional positions.

The provincial Liberal government has also invested in the training of 47,000 LTC workers to adapt to the changing needs of patients and provided an additional 200,000 seniors and patients access to physiotherapy, exercise classes and fall prevention services.

Provincial Liberal support for seniors in Sault Ste. Marie includes the following:

  • $114 million to the CCAC last year, an increase of $47 million, or 73%, since 2003
  • $40 million to build Mapleview, a new 256 bed long-term care home
  • New Nurse Practitioner-led clinic
  • As of 2011, the North East LHIN has 819 more nurses than in 2005
  • 2 new Family Health Teams
  • Investing more than $127 million at the SAH last year, an increase of nearly $36 million, or 39%, since 2003
  • At SAH, shortened wait times for cataract surgery by 47 days or 41%, and knee surgery by 363 days or 50%

“David’s dedication, passion and persistence have resulted in major improvements to the quality and availability of health care in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Dr. David Walde, consultant in medical oncology, hematology and internal medicine, Group Health Centre.

“He is an extremely hard working and effective leader who understands what needs to be done to protect the gains we have made in health care and how to secure new investments in our community. We need David to continue to be our strong representative, so that he can continue to champion our health care interests. He has enormous expertise and experience.”

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asp 6/2/2014 2:47:41 PM Report

Orazetti no pressure on the elders at the home, pick on other people that can fight back. So SAD!!!!
MYPOINT 6/2/2014 3:00:33 PM Report

MY sister lives in the seniors building at 615 Bay. When Davy tried to go door to door, he and his 'helpers' came upon my sister who gave him the truth. She told him flatly that she would vote for a stray cat or stray dog or even her bird before she would vote for him ever again.

She told him that due to the crap his government pulled on the teachers a while ago, her daughter, my niece, who is a teacher down south, almost lost her brand new home. Davy, who used to be a teacher himself, should have known better than to attack the group that he used to belong to prior to stealing our votes in the last election.

I think it is shameful for him to go around bothering those in senior homes, especially those who have been hurt by his fellow cronies down south.

As always, your views may differ :)
scottstewy123 6/2/2014 3:12:03 PM Report

YUP VERY SAD
scottstewy123 6/2/2014 3:13:22 PM Report

I wish I could bump into him so I can give him a piece of my mind and what I think of the LIEbral Government
scottstewy123 6/2/2014 3:15:17 PM Report

Hey SOOTODAY way to go on being non partisan and reporting the news without bias.
justsomeguy 6/2/2014 3:24:24 PM Report

I bet if you zoom in on the ballot he's holding you would see that even he didn't vote liberal.
All Is Well 6/2/2014 3:25:01 PM Report

So seniors are not voters and no party should be talking with them? Seniors in this city should worry about something that "almost" happened somewhere else and not be concerned what is best for them and their families living in Sault Ste. Marie. Considering that some teacher federations are backing the Liberals, attacking the teachers is not a correct statement. I would say it was a case of some type of wage freeze vs. pink slips. The government went with wage freeze.
steelworker 6/2/2014 3:25:18 PM Report

I see we are going for the senile vote now.
iamtc 6/2/2014 3:30:45 PM Report

I witnessed him speak at drop in..he was sweating when talking because he knows his last days are coming to an end.
irishfey 6/2/2014 4:02:37 PM Report

STEELS..post.. 3.25... He won't be getting mine if i have to put a note on my forehead ,lol
streaker 6/2/2014 4:52:37 PM Report

more LIBERAL B*##@@S?*# . He is not trying to keep seniors in their homes longer or they would not have raised the hydro so it is not affordable for seniors to survive in their homes, I am sick and tired of all this liberal B>S> and all the wasted taxpayers money along with the scandals they have created.
I would vote for my dog or cat also before I would vote Liberal.
But just wait and see how many ontario
voters are satisfied with this party blowing taxpayers funds without any just cause. enough said !!!
Gurpy 6/2/2014 6:34:34 PM Report

I`ve said it before and I`ll say it again. ANYONE who votes Liberal after all the scandals and screw ups DESPERATELY needs their heads read!
KDawg 6/2/2014 6:47:23 PM Report

"I`ve said it before and I`ll say it again. ANYONE who votes Liberal after all the scandals and screw ups DESPERATELY needs their heads read!"

I agree with you Gurpy. Stockholm Syndrome comes to mind.
Jack Ford 6/2/2014 7:59:50 PM Report

All is Well said
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So seniors are not voters and no party should be talking with them? Seniors in this city should worry about something that "almost" happened somewhere else and not be concerned what is best for them and their families living in Sault Ste. Marie. Considering that some teacher federations are backing the Liberals, attacking the teachers is not a correct statement. I would say it was a case of some type of wage freeze vs. pink slips. The government went with wage freeze."

Where is the MP wage freeze in Ontario? Maybe a pension reduction for MPs? Maybe a freeze on Mortgaging our future with the ridiculous spending practices going on? Maybe you are seeing things differently than others in the sand box....

Jack
Justin Tetreault 6/2/2014 8:17:01 PM Report

Liberals tried to extend the MPP wage freeze, but NDP and PCs blocked it. http://metronews.ca/news/windsor/985330/tories-and-ndp-block-liberal-move-to-freeze-ontario-mpps-pay/

There is no MPP pension plan.
Justin Tetreault 6/2/2014 8:19:32 PM Report

Liberal froze MPP wages from 2009 until 2014. They wanted to extend the freeze until 2019, but PCs and NDPs wanted their $6,000 raise.
eadiecougs 6/3/2014 12:40:49 AM Report

simple if they dont do a good job in two years we as taxpayers have the right to impeach them simple
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