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                                                                                                     April 21, 2005


(Queen's Park)             Frank Klees, MPP for Oak Ridges said today that he is astonished at the "morally bankrupt judgement" of Premier McGuinty in agreeing to re-instate funding for sex re-assignment surgery while appealing a court ruling that would have provided funding for IBI therapy for autistic children past the age of 6 and refusing enzyme replacement therapy for Fabry patients in Ontario.

Statements (attached) show the contrast in the Premier's position on these health care issues affecting vulnerable Ontarians.

"I was shocked to hear the Premier's unequivocal "YES" when asked if he would fund sex changes if the rights tribunal ordered him to do so. This same Premier has refused to comply with a Superior Court ruling calling on the government to fund treatment for autistic children.   Without a second thought, the Premier agreed to fund sex change operations, but will not find the moral fortitude to intervene on behalf of life-saving therapy for Fabry patients," said Klees.   "How on earth does he justify these decisions?"


Klees, who has been on the forefront of the Official Opposition's call for funding of autism treatment and funding of the rare but fatal Fabry disease, characterized the Premier's judgement as "devoid of any sense of human decency".

"This is a very disturbing indication of the Premier's priorities," stated Klees.   "Add that to cutting physiotherapy, chiropractic and optometry services and you have to wonder what drives his decision making.    What benchmarks does he use to decide among the vulnerable who is the most deserving?"


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