WATCH: Premier apologizes for alleged abuse at Huronia

Former residents cry as Kathleen Wynne says "I'm sorry" in the legislature.

The premier has apologized to residents of the closed down Huronia Regional Centre in Orillia after decades of suffering alleged abuse.

The facility closed down in 2009 and primarily housed those with developmental disabilities. This is part of a $35 million class-action settlement approved last week.

Kathleen Wynne's voice cracked in a silent legislature as she delivered the apology in front of MPPs and former Huronia residents.

"I offer an apology to the men, women and children of Ontario who were failed by a model of institutional care for people with developmental disabilities," she said.

"I am sorry for what you and your loved ones experienced, and for the pain you carry to this day."

Tory leader Tim Hudak acknowledged what happened at Huronia as a sad chapter in Ontario's history. NDP leader Andrea Horwath underlined the apology was needed.

Patricia Seth lived at Huronia in the 60s and 70s. She was in the legislature as the premier spoke. She reveals she cried during the apology. She says this means she can now move forward.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 12/09/2013 04:44 PM
    1.>I'm surprised Wynne didn't resort to the word 'regret' instead of 'sorry'
    2.>Did her voice crack because it takes a special effort to be genuine....must be similar experience to pouring water on a witch, or exposing a vampire to the sun
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