Policy and Political Action

Policy & Political Action

Provincial Election 2014 - RNAO Resources

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Political Action

With the 2014 provincial election well under way, RNs and other voters are hungry for information on the key issues and where the parties and leaders stand. Polls show health care is the second highest issue of concern after the economy. That’s why we think it is important for all parties to be clear about their plan to improve the health of Ontarians.

To maintain and strengthen our health system for the future, we need to chart a course today. At a media conference at Queen's Park, RNAO unveiled its vision for a future health system.

The changes we propose look at every aspect of the health system, from how care is delivered, to who delivers and where it should be delivered. We also want to see a shift from our current model, which is focused on illness care to one where health promotion, disease prevention and management of chronic conditions are given greater attention.

Voters deserve to know the details of where the parties and leaders stand when it comes to their health. We couldn't agree more. And that’s why RNAO invited each party leader to answer 13 questions that would help clarify their positions on the key areas that affect the health of Ontarians. The questions relate to the main priority areas outlined in our vision of what Ontario’s future health system should look like.

RNAO Comparison of Ontario Liberal, PC, NDP and Green Party Platforms

The following table compares the published platforms of the four major provincial political parties with RNAO’s key expectations for the next government as set out in RNAO's blueprint called "Visionary Leadership: Charting a course for the health system and nursing in Ontario"

Platform commitments in the table are based on the policies and costing available from the four party platform documents only. Only those commitments that address components of RNAO’s Vision are included.

See the platform comparison chart

RNAO Questions and Party Responses

Key RNAO Questions for Party Leaders

Green Party of Ontario - Response to RNAO Questions

New Democratic Party of Ontario - Response to RNAO Questions

Liberal Party of Ontario - Response to RNAO Questions

Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario - Response to RNAO Questions


RNAO Chapter All-Candidates Meetings

RNAO is a nonpartisan association that encourages dialogue among all political parties. To foster discussion about healthy public policy, a number of local RNAO chapters have organized meetings of all candidates in their riding.

The following chapters are holding all-candidates meetings.

Press release(s)

RNAO issued a joint press release along with the OMA, Patients Canada and Better Care faster urging all political leaders for more meaningful debate on health-care matters during the remaining weeks of political election. See the press release

Take Your Politician to Work

Every spring, RNAO invites politicians to join registered nurses on the job and learn about the pivotal role RNs play in keeping Ontario healthy. This year, with the provincial election scheduled for June 12, we’ve invited candidates from all political parties to participate. The following candidate visits have been confirmed.

Date Candidate(s) Riding Host Org
May 15
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Bob Bailey (PC) Sarnia-Lambton Early Years Centre at St. Philip Catholic School
Petrolia, ON
May 16
8 – 10:30 a.m.
Christine Elliott (PC) Whitby-Oshawa, Health Critic Breakfast at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health
Whitby, ON
May 16
Kathleen Wynne (LIB) Don Valley West, Party Leader West Park Healthcare Centre
Toronto, ON
May 16
9 - 10:30 a.m.
David Zimmer (LIB) Willowdale North York Civic Centre for Nursing Week celebration of Toronto Public Health, North Region
Toronto, ON
May 16
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Jim McDonell (PC) Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry Winchester District Memorial Hospital
Winchester, ON
May 16
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
John Vanthof (NDP) Timiskaming—Cochrane Temiskaming District Hospital
New Liskeard, ON
May 16
12 – 1 p.m.
Rob Leone (PC) Cambridge Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
Cambridge, ON
May 16
2 p.m.
Laura Albenese (LIB) York South-Weston Emery Keelesdale Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
Toronto, ON
May 20
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Mary Kozorys (NDP) Thunder Bay-Atikokan Lakehead Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
Thunder Bay, ON
May 22
9 - 10 a.m.
Peter Tabuns (NDP) Toronto-Danforth Toronto Public Health (850 Coxwell Ave.)
Toronto, ON
May 22
10 - 11 a.m.
Paul Miller (NDP) Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health (satellite)
Hamilton, ON
May 22
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tim Hudak (PC) Niagara West-Glanbrook, Party Leader Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Ottawa, ON
May 22
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lisa MacLeod (PC) Nepean-Carleton Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Ottawa, ON
May 23
10 - 11 a.m.
Nancy Leblanc (LIB) Parkdale-High Park The Four Villages Community Health Centre
Toronto, ON
May 23
10 - 11 a.m.
France Gelinas (NDP) Nickel Belt, Health Critic Health Sciences North
Sudbury, ON
May 23
10 - 11 a.m.
Jane McKenna (PC) Burlington Joseph Brant Hospital
Burlington, ON
May 23
10 - 11 a.m.
John Fraser (LIB) Ottawa South South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre
Ottawa, ON
May 26
8:15 - 9:15 a.m.
Matt Young (PC) Ottawa South South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre
Ottawa, ON
May 26
9 - 11 a.m.
Jeff Yurek (PC) Elgin-Middlesex-London St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
St. Thomas, ON
May 26
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Reza Moridi (LIB) Richmond Hill Leisureworld Caregiving Centre
Richmond Hill, ON
May 26
Anthony MacDonald (PC) Guelph Guelph Family Health Team
Guelph, ON
May 27
9 - 11 a.m.
Serge Lavoie (LIB) Elgin-Middlesex-London St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
St. Thomas, ON
May 27
11 a.m.
Peggy Sattler (NDP) London West London Diabetes Foot Clinic
London, ON
May 27
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bob Chiarelli (LIB) Ottawa West-Nepean Carlington Community Health Centre
Ottawa, ON
May 27
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
John Fraser (LIB) Ottawa-South Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario
Ottawa, ON
May 28
9 a.m.
John Fisher (GREEN) Elgin-Middlesex-London St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
St. Thomas, ON
May 28
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Matt Lakatos-Hayward (GREEN) Ottawa South South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre
Ottawa, ON
May 28
11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Bronwyn Funiciello (NDP) Ottawa South Confederation Court Community House with South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre
Ottawa, ON
May 28
James Gordon (NDP) Guelph Guelph Family Health Team
Guelph, ON
May 29
9 a.m.
Bill Walker (PC) Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound South East Grey Community Health Centre
Markdale, ON
May 29
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Jenny Parsons (GREEN) Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound South East Grey Community Health Centre
Markdale, ON
May 29
1 - 2 p.m.
Han Dong (LIB) Trinity-Spadina Artists' Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital
Toronto, ON
June 2
Mike Schreiner (GREEN) Guelph Guelph Family Health Team
Guelph, ON
June 3
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Peter Milczyn(LIB) Etobicoke-Lakeshore LAMP Community Health Centre
Etobicoke, ON
June 2
1 - 2 p.m.
Miles Krauter (NDP) Oak Ridges-Markham Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care
Toronto, ON
June 3
8:45 - 9:30 a.m.
Peter Milczyn(LIB) Etobicoke-Lakeshore LAMP Community Health Centre
Etobicoke, ON
June 3
9 - 10 a.m.
Lou Rinaldi (LIB) Northumberland-Quinte West Port Hope Community Health Centre
Toronto, ON
June 3
9 - 10 a.m.
Eleanor McMahon (LIB) Burlington Joseph Brant Hospital
Burlington, ON
June 3
9:45 - 10:45 a.m.
Micheal Coteau (LIB) Don Valley East Toronto Public Health (225 Duncan Mills Rd.)
Toronto, ON
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