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Please Support a Strong & Effective ODA


ODA Action Tip
February 18, 2001

Let's Make the ODA a Prominent Issue
in the Parry Sound - Muskoka
March 22, 2001 By-Election

A provincial by-election has been called for Thursday, March 22,
in the Parry Sound Muskoka riding, to fill the vacancy,
created when Conservative Treasurer Ernie Eves resigned. No party
has yet selected their candidate for this by-election.

The ODA Committee wants to make the Ontarians with Disabilities Act
a prominent issue in this by-election
. The ODA Committee's Hamilton Region
and ODA supporters did an excellent job of raising the ODA in last
September's by-election in Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Aldershot.
Let's repeat that success here.

As a non-partisan coalition, we do not seek to elect any particular
person. As we did in the 1999 provincial election, and the 2000
Hamilton by-election, we have three goals here:

    1. to get commitments from as many candidates as possible to
      support a strong ODA;

    2. to let the public know about the records of the three parties
      on the ODA issue, and

    3. to encourage voters to make the ODA issue a major factor in
      their decision when they vote in this bi-election.


Here are ideas on what you can do to help. These ideas focus
largely on people who live in or near this riding. If you live
outside this riding, you can also help a great deal by getting our
message out to people you know who live in the riding, and/or by
visiting the riding yourself.

You are encouraged to bring to the attention of voters the need for
a strong and effective ODA, and the record of the three parties on
this issue.

The Conservatives promised to enact the ODA in their first term,
but have never kept that promise, even though they are well into
their second term. The Liberals and NDP both have actively
supported a strong and effective ODA, and have repeatedly pressed
the Harris Government to keep its broken promises to us.

1. Action Tips Before Each Party Nominates its Candidate

None of the three parties have yet selected their candidates for
this bi-election. The media reports that there are three
candidates for the Conservative nomination. They will likely
nominate their candidates quickly.

You can quickly get the ODA raised during the nomination process,

2. During the Bi-Election Campaign Itself

Here are steps you can take throughout the campaign. You do not
need to wait until all three parties have nominated their candidates:

Let us know what you are doing regarding this by-election. Send us
any media coverage.

Contact our ODA Committee Regional Contacts in Parry Sound at:

Mr. Bob Foster and Ms. Kathie Horne
1-10 Belvedere Dr.
Parry Sound, ON P2A 1Z9
Tel: 705-746-8084
Fax: 705-746-1515
Email: rkfoshor@vianet.on.ca




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