Thursday, January 19, 2017

Who pulls Patrick Brown's strings anyway?

You know I have to say. It's pretty impressive when someone running for the federal Conservative leadership, actually speaks out on the Ontario government's hiding of abortion information. That's what Pierre Lemieux has done and is doing.

Heck I can't get Patrick Brown, leader of the Ontario conservative party to speak out on it. Mum's the word for Patrick. I guess after he two-timed us he decided he didn't need us social conservatives. Nope.


And Patrick is the one that you think would care about hiding abortion information. After all it's an obvious low picking fruit he could pluck from Kathleen's lush tree of juicy debacles. But no. Better to just stay quiet about it all. Maybe Kathleen pulls Patrick strings? I don't know but, Pinocchio comes to mind.

This is Pierre's announcement of his support for accountable, open and transparent government. Nope. I've never seen Patrick say anything about this. Too busy jumping to Kathleen's tune I guess.
Governments need to be accountable for how they spend our money.
In 2012, the Ontario Liberals stopped releasing data on how many abortions are performed every year.
Every other procedure is reported - but not abortion data.  This is censorship.
This is contrary to transparency and accountability in a free and democratic society like ours.
What should be available data is being kept from the public.
Right now, a group must take the Liberals to court to get basic information about healthcare – and about how our taxpayer money is being spent.
Such evidence and data are crucial to forming effective public policy and to shaping debate.
As Conservative Leader and Prime Minister, provincial and territorial governments will be required to fully report on how they spend healthcare dollars.
No exceptions.
Will the Ontario Liberals stop hiding this data?  They need to remove the clause they snuck into FIPPA that states “This Act does not apply to records relating to the provision of abortion services.”
Will Patrick Brown, leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario, commit to making our healthcare spending information public if he is elected Premier in 2018?
Provinces and territories should be accountable for how they spend healthcare dollars, and we need to work together to reverse this censorship and this lack of transparency:  Support my campaign and donate today!
 
  
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Principled Politician doesn't have to be an oxymoron

From: Patricia Maloney

Date: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM
Subject: Conscience rights for health care people and institutions
To: "Monte McNaughton, MPP" <monte.mcnaughton@pc.ola.org>

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Dear Monte,

Thanks so much for your principled stand on conscience rights in Ontario.

It is so refreshing to see an MPP stand up for what is actually the right thing to do, instead of what is the politically correct thing to do.

Conscience rights for the health care professionals, actually also helps patients, by their knowing that they can go to an institution where conscience rights are entrenched, and therefore feel safe themselves that they will not be put to death. As a volunteer in a long term care facility, I can't tell you how important this is. Many people in our nursing homes are alone and have nobody to advocate for them. Who will protect these people if society does not?

I applaud your efforts and encourage you to not give up your principles like some politicians do.

Sincerely,

Patricia Maloney

Monte McNaughton principled stand on conscience rights


January 17, 2017

Patricia, 

Did you see the story on LifeSite news yesterday entitled, “Ontario MPP promises to dig in to defend conscience rights of health care providers, workers"? The story, written by Lianne Laurence, begins: "Progressive Conservative MPP Monte McNaughton says he’s ready to “fight tooth and nail” for conscience rights of health care workers and institutions in Ontario."

I was happy to state publicly my commitment to defending the conscience rights of health care workers in Ontario, and I want to reaffirm that commitment to you today.

While I have been the only MPP to challenge the Liberal government on this issue (watch my statement at Queen’s Park by clicking here), I know that some of my colleagues also share my concern. In addition to forcing Doctors and other health care workers to act against their conscience, I believe that current language could allow Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government to compel religious institutions which receive funding through Ontario's health care system, to perform practices like euthanasia.

How best do you think I can intervene on this issue further? I welcome your thoughts and advice and thank you for your continued friendship and support.

Yours sincerely,

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Monte McNaughton, MPP
Lambton—Kent—Middlesex

PS: On October 17th I wrote to Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr Eric Hoskins on the importance of conscience rights. You can click here to read my important letter on preserving Doctors conscience rights across Ontario

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

2015 abortion stats from CIHI scheduled for February 28

From CIHI:
"The abortion stats are currently scheduled for release on Feb. 28. You can check our upcoming releases page, which will be updated if there are any changes."

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Can we give CPCs $661,779,000, like we do for abortion?

According to Joyce Arthur, crisis pregnancy centres received 3.5 million in taxes from governments in the past five years (2011-2015)

Wow, what a pitifully small amount that government gives to crisis pregnancy centres. Surely we can do better than that? Surely we can find an ounce of compassion in our hardened hearts to give more money to crisis pregnancy centres in Canada?

These centres do amazing work in helping women with unplanned pregnancies like CAPSS does.

An interesting comparison would be to compare the dollars spent by government on abortion in Canada, to the dollars spent by government on crisis pregnancy centres.

So below I calculate an estimate of what taxpayers spent in the last five years on abortions. The numbers below are the total numbers of abortion performed in Canada from 2010-2014, based on CIHIs numbers. I then corrected the totals to account for un-reported abortions. (I used these years since CIHI hasn't published 2015 statistics yet, whereas Arthur used 2011-2015 in her calculations.)

In 2010 I learned that CIHI's Ontario abortion statistics were under-reported by 53.28%. (I originally estimated this to be 45.4% but that was based on CIHI's 2009 stats, since I didn't have the 2010 stats at the time.)

This huge discrepancy (431,745 vs 661,779) seems to be mostly from the abortions done in doctor's offices. Since these abortions are NOT captured by CIHI, we can safely assume that there are similar percentages of doctor offices abortions all across the country.

So I then applied this same percentage to all of Canada's abortions estimating a total of 661,779 abortions performed in Canada for five years. Using $1,000 cost per abortion, that's at least $661,779,000, that taxpayers have spent on abortion in Canada in the past five years.

(I have found costs estimated as high as $1,600/abortion so $1000 is underestimating the cost. Of course, if the Ontario government didn't hide abortion information from citizens we might get a better picture of the actual cost of abortion. Without those numbers we have to guess, imagine, estimate, or blue sky the numbers).

So our governments spent at least $661,779,000 on abortions for a five year period, compared to $3.5 million for CPCs.


This means the government (via the Canadian taxpayer) has paid a only tiny tiny fraction to help fund crisis pregnancy centres, as compared to what they spent on abortions. That's a lot of money going to kill unborn babies and almost nothing to support CPCs.

This makes it really clear to me that as a country we have been terribly remiss in not calling on our politicians to provide a lot more funding to CPCs. I suggest we should all email and write letters to our MPs and MPPs and ask them to increase that pitiful amount to something a lot more. In fact we should call on our governments to fund an equal amount to CPCs, as they do to fund abortions. It's our money after all. Shouldn't we have a say in where it goes?

Come to think of it, I'd like to see my tax dollars going only to CPCs and not to abortion at all.

I will be emailing my MP, MPP, the Prime Minister (justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca) and the Minister of Health (Jane Philpott, Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca) and ask them to provide more funding to CPCs. I hope you do as well.