Jim Wilson Expresses Support for Rural Pharmacies
(April 15, 2010) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson demonstrated his support for rural pharmacies amidst Dalton McGuinty’s war on healthcare in small town Ontario. Wilson delivered the following statement in the Ontario Legislature.Mr. Speaker: Dalton McGuinty has launched an assault on community pharmacies.
The Liberal government’s changes represent a serious cut to front line health care services – particularly in rural and small town Ontario. This is an attack on the viability of rural pharmacies and the availability of pharmacy services in my riding of Simcoe-Grey.
On the past six years Ontarians have paid $15 billion into the Liberal health tax; yet they are receiving less and less in return. At the same time that we uncovered the billion dollar eHealth boondoggle and huge amount of money wasted at Local Health Integration Networks, small-town pharmacists are being driven out of business and being told to close their doors.
In Simcoe-Grey, people are already getting the short end of the stick when it comes to public healthcare – doctor shortages, small hospitals and lack of transportation. Now Dalton McGuinty wants us to pay more and travel further to get the medication we require.
This is unacceptable. I know many of our local pharmacists and I know them to be upstanding and generous members of our communities. Dalton McGuinty’s assault on these professionals is unwarranted and unbecoming of the Premier of Ontario.
Mr. Speaker: I am committed to defending rural Ontario – our small towns, our farmers, our schools and our healthcare. In doing so, I support our community pharmacies and the good work they do. If this government doesn’t change course, my constituents can expect to drive farther, receive less service and face new user fees.
Wilson is encouraging constituents concerned about pharmacy changes to sign the petition on his website at www.jimwilsonmpp.com