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Tuesday, May 23, 2000

For Immediate Release




QUEENS PARK: Wednesday May 24 2000 represents the fifth year anniversary of Premier Mike Harris' 1995 election promise which stated that his government would pass an Ontarians with
Disabilities Act within its first term in office.

"Those in the disabled community that I have been working with are extremely frustrated by the lack of action to introduce the strong and effective legislation promised by this government," said Peters. The Minister Responsible for Disabled Issues has sent mixed messages to the community that has added to this frustration. "The Minister says she is consulting with stakeholders and is working on an action plan, yet refuses to give timelines or information regarding this initiative," Peters said.

The current government's refusal to provide information about any progress in this area is proven by the fact that Mr. Peters was forced to pay $465.00 in Freedom of Information fees to access the list of the stakeholders the Minister has met with and other information. "It is amazing to me that I have had to pay this large sum of money in order to squeeze some very basic information out of this government," said Peters, "People want to know what is going on and have a right to know. What is there to hide?"


For more information call:

Steve Peters, M.P.P. (519) 631-0666
Suzanne van Bommel (519) 631-0666
Mary Devorski (416) 325-7179


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