02.16.2011 04:04 PM

Timmy Hudak’s bad week turns into two bad weeks

But I’m certain Rocco Rossi will fix it all up for him!

Inside the low-rise office tower overlooking the Queensway near Blair Road, Dr. Wilbert Keon, former heart surgeon and recently retired Conservative Senator, chided Hudak for speaking in generalities.

“ I have no idea what his plan is and a general statement like doesn’t make sense to me at all,” said Keon, who started his tenure as chairman of the Champlain LHIN board of directors last week. “The big mistake in health care in Canada is there is too much centralization, too many mega-facilities and not enough attention to services at the local level.”

“I’m a card-carrying Conservative but my love for health care transcends my political persuasions,” Keon added. “I have agreed to do whatever I can to help local health networks make the necessary adjustments to streamline the system as a whole.”

Keon added that he was waiting for the Conservatives to demonstrate they have a plan for the money that would be freed up by scrapping the LHINs, which have a mandate to streamline health care at the local level.

“If (Hudak) doesn’t have a plan for producing more community services, the money will just get wasted, as it has been in the past.”


  1. Greg says:

    I saw him on Power and Politics last night. He was an incoherent, Republican talking points machine.

  2. Minister of Tim Horton's shadow trough Ontarian Internation Affairs says:

    Keon was one of the brightest people in the senate with regards to scientific issues. His retirement will prove to be an unaffordable loss, since there are few people in government who understand how important science is (from MPs to Deputy ministers).

  3. CapnCrunch says:

    Come now. More than one person has been having a rough time in the press, no? And from the Star, no less. At this rate, only Andrea H. can be considered to be having good weeks…

    Toronto Star, Editorial (Feb 15): Political winds rock turbines
    “Changing the rules as we go is the opposite of the climate of business certainty that McGuinty vowed to create.”

    Toronto Star (Feb. 12), Cohn: Ontario reverses its spin on offshore wind

    Toronto Star, Editorial (Feb. 14): McGuinty must fix signature program
    “But McGuinty has acted only on that part of his plan and left aside the rest…”

    Globe and Mail (Feb. 14): Ontarians turning against McGuinty, poll finds
    “If Dalton McGuinty truly is Premier Dad, Ontario voters are turning against him in a wave of teenage-like rebellion, rendering him a liability for local Liberal candidates in the coming fall election, a new poll has found.”

  4. Paul says:

    I would have to agree that Hudak has no plan. There. I said it. However, there is a greater issue here: surely I am not the only one who has become completely disillusioned with Ontario politics?

    No one in their right mind would argue that Dalton McGuinty has been a “great” premier… I read that Ontario is now technically a “have-not” province, health premium, HST, smart meters, eco fees, e-Health debacle, buying “green” energy for several times the price that it is sold for, Caledonia inaction, etc. He has has even indicated that he might not serve his whole term if re-elected! Nice attitude. “Sure, go ahead and vote for me, but some underling that you did not elect as Premier might take over half way through.”

    However, I am also having serious problems accepting that a Hudak-led PC government would be any better, and in some ways even worse that the current regime if that’s possible.

    South Park sure got it right with their “Giant Douche vs. Turd Sandwich” school mascot election episode.

  5. mark ker says:

    Hi Warren, Question for you, Why does healthcare turn into political talking points, when unless one party plans on HUGE increases or MASSIVE cuts nothing is really that differnt from each other….. if you listen long enough to both partys you start to fill like its a choice between Jack johnson or John jackson

  6. palmerston says:

    McGuinty has frozen all funding to the LHINs for the next two years leaving the third year of care provider agreements up in the air.

    Safe to say there will be cuts to services as the costs to do business (suppliers, etc.) most likely will not been frozen.

    This is going to affect all long term care facilities, community care access centres, health centres, mental health & addictions centres and community support centres. Oh and hospitals, too.

    Welcome back to the common sense revolution.

    Having said that, I’m not sure I agree with Hudak totally wiping out the current system if elected.

    • JenS says:

      He won’t. He’ll use what will become his stock answer: that it’s too expensive to undo what’s already been done. Let’s not forget that the LHIN style, by another name, was championed by the Harris government.

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