Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

RNAO Action Alert: Tell Premier McGuinty to Keep His Commitments to Improve Health Care

Oct. 24, 2008

Finance Minister Dwight Duncan announced in his Fall Economic Statement on Oct. 22, 2008 that the Ontario Government will delay the hiring of 9,000 nurses as well as 50 Family Health Teams.

Premier Dalton McGuinty made the commitment to hire 9,000 nurses by 2011-12 in the October 2007 provincial election and again in the March 2008 Ontario Budget.

This unfortunate announcement comes at a time when Ontario is grappling with a serious shortage of health professionals. Without the immediate hiring of more nurses Ontarians will be denied the adequate care that they need in their communities. The delay of hiring nurses is not cost effective and will actually cost the government money, not save it. 

The provincial government must recognize how many people depend on us for health care. Furthermore, with the shortage of health-care professionals in Ontario, people need to be supported in entering the health care profession and not dissuaded by the lack of provincial government support.

What RNAO has done
On Oct. 22, 2008, we released a media statement that detailed the impact of Minister Dwight Duncan’s announcement. To view the media release, please click here.

Our Board of Directors’ member, Catherine Mayers has been active in responding to the media about the announcement. To view some of the articles that she has been cited in please see below.

CBC. Oct. 23, 2008. “Nursing Groups decry Ontario Decision to delay 9,000 hirings”

The Hamilton Spectator. Oct, 23 2008.”Reaction to the plan”


Other articles of interest


The Toronto Star. Oct. 23, 2008. “No more trying to please everyone”


What you can do

Write a letter to Premier McGuinty through our website. You can send our sample letter as is or modify it as you wish.  Please make sure to sign your name and RN title at the bottom of the letter.