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Hospital parking fee plan not in the budget

Health Minister maintains its a priority for the province

The Liberal budget doesn't include a plan to cap hospital parking fees - a front and centre plank to their election platform.

The Health Minister reveals it's a priority for his ministry. However, Eric Hoskins says they want to have consultations with the public, hospitals and other stakeholders.

But Tory Health Critic Christine Elliott wants to see action on the issue now. She says families should have to have a financial hardship when a loved one is sick, pointing to personal experience when one of her sons needed hospital care.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath says the Liberals will have to explain to Ontarians why this isn't a budget priority for them now that they have a majority.

During the election, the Liberals vowed to look into capping hospital parking fees for those who have to visit the facilities frequently because either they or loved ones were sick.

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  1. john posted on 07/14/2014 01:12 PM
    SO IS ANYBODY SURPRISED ? ( crickets )
  2. ToddK_2 posted on 07/14/2014 02:15 PM
    Gouge!, Gouge!, Gouge! and while people visit loved ones in Hospital, makes you want to vomit.
  3. Laura posted on 07/14/2014 04:25 PM
    Wow, that didn't take long for the broken promises to begin, hold on there's more where that came from
    1. Angry Bill posted on 07/15/2014 12:16 PM
      @Laura How many promises did they actually keep from their last two elections? Exactly. And yet silly buggers in Ontario vote for them yet again, and then act surprised when they don't keep promises this time around, either?

      The only thing that gives me any satisfaction is the silly buggers that voted for them are going to be suffering along with the rest of us. Unless they're in the public sector, or are teachers. Public teat for the win.
    2. Smart Voter posted on 07/15/2014 01:39 PM
      @Angry Bill Can you hear it, Angry Bill?

      I'm playing the world's smallest violin for all you Con soreheads.
  4. Mark7 posted on 07/14/2014 04:35 PM
    How much does it cost to park in downtown Toronto? How much in the entertainment or financial districts? Perhaps Rob Ford should cap the downtown parking fees to stimulate the economy and create jobs?

    Hospitals are a non-profit service and should be able to supplement their income wherever possible...how much is a coffee in their food courts? Downtown parking is for-profit and the money goes to private companies...that should be capped. Then there the cost of parking tickets...Rob Ford should cap and reduce those as well...he's nothing but an alligator in our wallets and needs to stop that drunken hypocrisy.
    1. DMCP posted on 07/14/2014 10:15 PM
      @Mark7 Good to know that you were one of the informed voters that gave us our provincial government. Thanks for your wisdom and input. Next time work Stephen Harper in to the blame game and then your posting would be perfect. Joker!
    2. Just Wondering posted on 07/15/2014 07:20 AM
      @DMCP I'm curious.

      Does the "DMCP" stand for

      " Dumb
      Means
      Conservative
      Party "
  5. sam posted on 07/15/2014 01:29 AM
    Are they charging doctors and staff for parking? Fair for one is fair for all.
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