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Taxpayers asked to pay more for senior care says MPP

February 7, 2017
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Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker says it’s shameful the Liberal government is downloading $2.1 million onto local taxpayers in Thunder Bay for closing two long-term care homes in that community.

He now worries the same fate may hit other municipalities, such as Durham, who have been mandated to renovate long-term care beds.

“It’s just not viable nor fair to stick local taxpayers with the bill for a service that is the responsibility of the provincial government,” said Walker.

There are over 300 homes or 30,000 beds across Ontario that require renewal across Ontario.

 “Of those, about 100 homes are operated by municipalities, and may face the same fate as Thunder Bay with regard to the downloading of some of the closure costs, an added burden that municipalities and local taxpayers cannot afford,” Walker said. “The Liberal government needs to come clean about its plan to download millions of dollars onto municipalities where local nursing homes will close or amalgamate.”

Walker added that the Liberals continue to fail on long-term care.

“Ontario has two full-time ministers responsible for seniors health care and services, and yet neither one is addressing the current wait list of upwards of 27,000 seniors and wait times for the existing long-term care beds,” stated Walker.

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“They have been in power for 13 years, and have let our province’s infrastructure deteriorate and wait times increase while they continue to waste billions on scandal and mismanagement, and download costs onto municipalities. 

“Life is getting increasingly harder and more unaffordable under the Liberals,” concluded Walker.


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