Election of Ontario Liberals Heralds Active, Ambitious Health Agenda

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Health Law Bulletin
by Jamison Steeve, Lynne Golding and Guy Giorno
October 2003

On October 2, 2003, Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberal Party swept into government after winning 72 seats in the province's general election.

With the announcement of the new Cabinet, including George Smitherman as the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, McGuinty's Liberals face the daunting challenge of moving from the role of critic to that of government. The Liberals were elected based upon their passionate stand for reinvigorated public services. Nowhere was this more evident than in their health care policies.

This bulletin provides a brief outline of the Liberal plan for health care, as well as possible implications of their policies and potential pitfalls on the road ahead for the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and the Liberal Government.