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article imageOnt. NDP Leader outlines new 'positive plan' to help new mothers Special

By Andrew Moran     Sep 21, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath spoke in Toronto Wednesday to outline her new plan that will help new mothers, while also saving money in Ontario's health care system. Horwath said the NDP is offering a “choice for positive change.”
Before heading to Hamilton for an all-candidates debate, Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath made a campaign announcement at the Midwives Collective of Toronto office Wednesday morning.
The Ontario NDP’s new plan involves assisting new mothers by developing a breastfeeding strategy for the province, establishing four birth centres in areas that are based on need and not making cuts to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program.
This plan would cost $5 million annually and would be paid for by capping the salaries of hospital CEOs at $418,000 – twice the salary of the Ontario Premier – which will give the province approximately $80 million to work with.
“You’re a brand new mom and you’re suddenly left alone with a very tiny person who needs you for absolutely everything,” said Horwath. “It’s an exciting time, but it’s also a little daunting and can also be a little bit scary. New moms need support if they’re going to look after their child’s health and their own health. Providing support for new moms helps parents, but it’s also is a smart health care investment.”
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath speaking at a press conference.
Ontario New Democratic Party Leader Andrea Horwath speaking at a press conference.
Horwath stated that there are ways to both support new mothers and save money in the Ontario health care system, but change must first be implemented. She explained that there are plans to make cuts to the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program, which gave parents the opportunity to have nurses make follow-up visits after they returned home from the hospital with their child.
Horwath noted that parts of the plan will give hospitals in the province the assistance they need to ensure that they are meeting the highest guidelines established by the World Health Organization/UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.
Furthermore, the pilot project of birth centres, notes the NDP, is proven to be successful in Quebec, Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom and elsewhere around the globe. Quebec has already agreed to create 20 more birth centres and Manitoba will open its first one soon.
“New Democrats will make sure our public dollars are invested wisely and every cent we take in meets the needs of everyday people in Ontario,” added Horwath. “We will not stand by while more and more tax dollars go to out of control salaries of top executives. We will put a hard cap on sky high salaries and make sure those dollars go to front-line care and programs like the one we are committed to today. The New Democrats are offering a real choice, a choice for positive change.”
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