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OPDI NewsToGo Issue #458 -- ELECTION EXTRA October 16, 2015

Highlights include: Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance Position Paper and Response(s); Other Organizations' Positions and Federal Party Responses; ISAC (Income Security Advocacy Centre) Summarizes Key Issues; and Elections Canada Website.

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1. Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance Position Statement and Responses from the Federal Parties

On October 1, the Ontario Mental Health and Addictions Alliance posted their Position Statement and then used their channels, contacts and reached out to selected journalists to raise awareness of and to request the federal parties to respond to them.

No replies were received from the Conservatives, Liberals, and New Democrats.

The Alliance received a response from the Green Party of Canada.

2.  Other Stakeholders' Responses FYI

The Income Security Advocacy Centre (ISAC) works with and on behalf of low income communities in Ontario to address issues of income security and poverty.  Their latest newsletter rounds up the federal parties' positions on poverty reduction, child poverty, employment insurance, housing, childcare, and other key issues.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) asked the leaders of the five major federal parties 10 questions about health care.  Two did not reply at all; all other responses are summarized in this article.

The Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH) is a non-profit, non-partisan research institute working out of York University and focusing on research and knowledge mobilizing on issues of housing and homelessness.  They created a Housing and Homelessness Election Guide 2015 which includes analyses of federal party platforms regarding housing and homelessness issues. The COH had made six recommendations to federal parties and responses based on party platforms to each recommendation are included in the Election Guide. 
3. What the Parties Have Promised

The Conservative Party have promised to renew the mandate of the Mental Health Commission of Canada:

Praise for Mental Health Plan

The Liberal Party summarizes its healthcare platform here:

Investing in Health and Home Care

They also believe in better support for caregivers:

Trudeau Offers Better Support for Caregivers and Growth for the Middle Class

The NDP is on record as promising $100 million for a mental health innovation fund for children and youth:

Mulcair Promises $100 M Mental Health Fund for Children, Youth

4.  When Actions Speak Louder Than Words

The Conservative Party has been running ads in the ethnic press (Chinese and Punjabi-language papers) warning about the Liberal Party's intentions to legalize prostitution, make marijuana available to children, and allow drug injection sites in neighbourhoods:

Ads Claiming Trudeau Supports Brothels Target Ethnic Social Conservatives

This week, the Conservative leader himself in a radio ad references “the tragic story” of Allan Schoenborn, who in February 2010 was found “not criminally responsible” on account of a mental disorder.

“We Conservatives believe that public safety must be the primary consideration in deciding how to treat criminals like that,” Harper says in the ad that broadcast on Thursday.

BC Court Hears Harper Ad Concerns Lawyer for Mentally Ill Man Who Killed Kids

5. Elections Canada Website

Everything you need to know in order to be able to vote Monday October 19 is available on this website.

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