TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2011 – Just three days before Election Day, Ontario nurses are urging people to vote. The future of Ontario is at stake, nurses say.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) says with polls predicting a race too close to call, casting a ballot on Oct. 6 is more important than ever. “There’s a lot at stake in this election and every vote counts,” says Doris Grinspun, executive director of RNAO. “People need timely access to primary care and home care services. We also have to make sure we have enough registered nurses to take care of our patients. And we can’t forget the areas that influence a person’s ability to be healthy in the first place, such as a liveable wage, affordable housing and a clean, green environment,” adds Grinspun, emphasizing that these are all issues the elected government must address.
RNAO analyzed the parties’ platforms in key areas and followed-up with the Liberal, PC, NDP and Green party leaders, asking them to respond to nine questions critical for voters to know. The parties responded, with varying degrees of specificity. “The results of RNAO’s comparison of the major party platforms and their responses to our questions can help voters make informed choices on matters that will affect their health and health care in general,” says President David McNeil.
RNAO’s platform comparison, as well as the questions and responses from all four party leaders, can be viewed by visiting RNAO Provincial Election Resources 2011.
The Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO) is the professional association representing registered nurses in Ontario. Since 1925, RNAO has advocated for healthy public
policy, promoted excellence in nursing practice, increased nurses’ contribution to shaping the health-care system, and influenced decisions that affect nurses and the public they serve.