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Remarks By Dalton McGuinty, Premier Of Ontario On Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Statement To The Legislative Assembly

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Remarks By Dalton McGuinty, Premier Of Ontario On Accessibility For Ontarians With Disabilities Statement To The Legislative Assembly

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Mr. Speaker:

Allow me to welcome you, and all members of the Legislature, back to this august chamber on this, a very proud day for Ontario.

I say that because today this government introduces the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2004.

This is landmark legislation, Speaker.

It will improve access to workplaces and public spaces, employment, customer service, communications and transportation.

This bill should make Ontario proud.

Every person deserves the opportunity to learn, work and play to his or her full potential.

This bill should make Ontario more productive.

Every Ontarian benefits when we tap into the potential of each Ontarian.

I often say that Ontario succeeds when we all work and dream and build together.

And "all" must certainly include, in every way, the 1.5 million Ontarians with a disability.

Before the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration tells us more about the bill, Speaker, I briefly want to acknowledge the work that has gone into it.

I especially want to acknowledge the efforts of the many advocates for people with disabilities.

Their passion and determination are a testament, I believe, to the desire of Ontarians with disabilities to have the opportunity to fully contribute to life in our province.

I want to acknowledge as well the members of the Legislature who have taken a consistent interest in this issue, particularly members of my own caucus, who as critics for this area while in Opposition, and now as government members, have made a real and lasting contribution.

Finally, I want to say directly to our fellow Ontarians with disabilities -- we need your work, we need your buying power, we need your contributions to this economy and this society that we all share.

We need you and all Ontarians to realize your full potential -- so this great province can fulfill its potential, as a place with an appreciation of life, and a quality of life, that are truly second to none.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.

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