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Bill Walker MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Queen's Park

Bill Walker MPP

Media Release:


For Immediate Release
March 28, 2018

Budget offers nothing on Accessibility for 1.9 million Ontarians with Disabilities

QUEEN’S PARK – Accessibility for 1.9 million Ontarians with Disabilities is far off the government’s radar and certainly not a priority for the Liberal government, said Bruce-Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker.

“Their pre-election budget and Throne Speech included big promises to voters, but nothing tangible for the Accessibility Community,” Walker said in Question Period earlier this week. “In fact, the words disability and accessibility were mentioned zero times in both the budget and Throne speeches this week.”

Walker said the Liberal government has a record of leaving behind the accessibility community.

“It took this government as long as five years to just set up a committee on education accessibility standards. But it took them one day to shut down Durham region’s award-winning employment hub that served  people with disabilities over 25 years,” he said. “It’s clear where this government’s true intentions lie.”

Sadly, this same government was quick to waste billions of dollars on scandals like eHealth ($8 billion), smart meters ($2 billion), cancelling gas plants ($1.1 billion), and paying an exorbitant $4.5-million salary to the CEO at Hydro One but wouldn’t put another dollar into this successful employment office in Durham region. As a result, people with disabilities continue to face very high unemployment rates that former Lieutenant Governor David Onley, the government’s Accessibility Advisor, called a "national shame".

“What’s worse, the Liberal government has had 15 years, and yet Ontario is not on schedule for full accessibility by 2025,” warned Walker.

“How can the accessibility community possibly trust this government? They know Wynne-Liberals can’t be trusted, and that this regime will continue to leave behind 1.9 million Ontarians with disabilities.”

CONTACT: Ana Sajfert | ana.sajfert@pc.ola.org | 416-325-6242

 
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