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Letter from the Hon. Mike Harris
Premier of Ontario
dd October 25, 2000

Here is the latest letter which the ODA Committee has received
from the Premier's office. We wrote the Premier in early
October, 2000. We asked for an urgent meeting with the Premier
after a draft secret Cabinet document had been leaked, which
detailed Government plans to introduce a voluntary, ineffective
Ontarians with Disabilities Act this fall.

As you will see in this letter, the Premier does not himsself
respond to us. We instead receive an answer from his director of
tours and public events. Our request for a meeting is again not
granted. As well, we are told that the Premier "is satisfied
with the current strategy to develop an Ontarians with
Disabilities Act". This reasonably suggests that the Premier
approves of the Governments leaked plans.



Office of the Premier
Legislative Building
Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M7A 1A1

October 25, 2000

Mr. David Lepofsky
Ontarians with Disabilities Act Committee
1929 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4G 3E8

Dear Mr. Lepofsky:

Thank you for your letter requesting a meeting with Premier Mike
Harris to discuss the proposed Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Unfortunately, we are unable to make a commitment on his behalf
at this time. However, I understand that you met with the
Honourable Helen Johns, Minister of Citizenship, Culture and
Recreation Responsible for Seniors and Women, on September 8,

Let me assure you that this issue is very important to the
Premier. He is satisfied with the current strategy to develop an
Ontarians with Disabilities Act and encourages you to continue to
keep in contact with Minister Johns.

Thank you again for sharing your concerns.


Landon French
Director of Tour and Public Events


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