Ottawa Liberals will Protect the Montfort

Ottawa Liberals will Protect the Montfort
Posted on May 22, 2014 | Bob Chiarelli | Written on May 22, 2014
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Local Liberal Candidates are committed to Francophone Health Services

This morning Ontario Liberal candidates committed that they will protect the Hôpital Montfort and access to French language health services.

In 1995, Mike Harris was asked point-blank: “Will you close hospitals?” 

“I can guarantee you that it is not my plan to close hospitals,” he told Ontarians at the time. He went on to say that with the savings from his plan, he would reinvest in our health care system.  (Leaders Debate May 1995)

We all know what happened next. As soon as Harris stepped into the Premier’s Office he fired 6,000 nurses, closed hospitals and tried to close the Montfort, devastating patient care for Ontarians.

Ontario Liberals fought Mike Harris back then, and continue to fight hard to restore and improve our health care system.  That’s why, we have continued to invest in and grow the Montfort.

Tim Hudak is now proposing reckless cuts that are more radical than before, these cuts would have a devastating impact on our health care services, He’s even using identical language to try and convince Ontarians that the services they rely on wont’ be impacted.  His plan to turn 100,000 paycheques into pink slips will impact hospital support staff, health care researchers and personal support workers.

Ontario Liberals have a strong plan to ensure that residents of Ottawa get the health care they need in both official languages.


“We’ve heard the PCs promise before not to close hospitals.  I have fought hard to keep the Montfort open and I will continue to fight against Tim Hudak’s dangerous cuts.”

  • Candidate Madeleine Meilleur, Ottawa-Vanier

“The Montfort is a vital institution to the Francophone community in Ontario. And, as a Minister in the Mike Harris government, Tim Hudak had a direct hand in trying to close this hospital, we can’t let that happen again.”

  • Candidate Marie-France Lalonde, Ottawa-Orléans

“The Ontario PC Party wants to balance the budget on the backs of Ontarians by cutting 100,000 public sector positions and slashing spending.  These reckless cuts would have a devastation impact on our Francophone community.”

  • Candidate Grant Crack, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell


  • Investing $11 billion for approved major capital projects at hospitals over the next 10 years.
  • A dedicated Community Infrastructure Renewal Fund of $300 million over the next 10 years to support Community Health Centres, Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, community-based mental health and addictions organizations, and Aboriginal Health Access Centres.

A low-income Health Benefit, which will provide health benefits, like drugs, vision and mental health services to children from low-income families.

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A well known figure in Ottawa, Bob Chiarelli is the former Mayor of Ottawa and Chair of the Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario in 2010 in a byelection in... More