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Wilson slams prisoner payments, warns of looming health scandal

(September 17, 2010)  Today Ontario PC MPP Jim Wilson (Simcoe-Grey) met with the Queen’s Park Press Gallery to denounce Dalton McGuinty for his inaction in preventing convicted murderers like Clifford Olsen and Paul Bernardo from receiving Old Age Security (OAS) cheques.  Wilson also used the opportunity to warn Ontarians about a looming health scandal.

On OAS cheques for prisoners, Wilson noted that the Federal government is moving forward with legislation to eliminate these entitlements, but requires provincial governments to assist them by signing a memorandum of understanding for prisoners within the province’s jurisdiction.  While an Ontario PC Government would not hesitate to lend its support for this worthy initiative, Dalton McGuinty has demonstrated a lack of interest in supporting the Federal government in this regard.

“Old Age Security is not the Canada Pension Plan, it is an extra payment that is provided by both the Government of Canada and the provincial government for room and board and prisoners’ room and board is already covered by the taxpayers while they’re in prison,” said Wilson.  “Prisoners do not deserve the extra money they receive for those purposes.”

Wilson also drew attention today to a looming scandal at Dalton McGuinty’s Cancer Care Ontario, where Freedom of Information documents are expected to show more of the same spending practices that Ontarians saw at eHealth and Ontario’s Local Health Integration Networks (watch the video below to view Wilson's statement to the press on the looming scandal).

“The amount of money we are talking about threatens to dwarf what we initially saw at eHealth. Public Accounts reveals that in the last three years, Cancer Care Ontario spent over $100 million on consulting contracts,” said Wilson.  “Hundreds of millions of tax dollars have already been funnelled to Liberal friends, consultants, operatives and former staff, and now we expect more of the same just a year after eHealth.”

On October 7, 2009, the same day the Auditor General’s report into the billion dollar eHealth scandal was released, the Liberals tried to hide another scandal at Cancer Care Ontario by dumping boxes of documents.  Wilson warned the Liberals will try to burry this scandal too.

(Video) Wilson warns of looming health scandal


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