A News Release from the Constituency Office of Niagara-West Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff
Posted March 7th, 2018 on Niagara At Large
Queen’s Park, Toronto – This March 6th, Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara-West Glanbrook called on the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to assume responsibility for yet another crisis situation in his riding.
Oosterhoff explained how he recently went on a ride-along with members of the Niagara Regional Police Service. After having received a Mental Health Apprehension call, the officers shared stories of the harm caused by the government’s failure to invest in preventative mental health issues.
“Most calls these officers receive are to deal with people who are having a mental health crisis, people who could have been helped by earlier intervention,” declared Oosterhoff in the Legislature.
“Will the Minister commit today to matching the federal transfer for mental health, to help my constituents and to enable the officers in my community to focus on policing?” asked Oosterhoff pointedly.
Faced with a clear question and an urgent call to action, the Minister replied that the Liberals have established a Mental Health Wellness Table. At this table, all of the ministries involved “are sitting talking about the issues and how the aspects of mental health… impact on so many different government services”. Minister Jaczek concluded that is “a very important initiative.”
“This Liberal government is so out of touch with reality that they think sitting and talking to one another is a real solution,” said Oosterhoff. “After 15 long years of wasteful and incompetent government, June 7th cannot come soon enough.”
Oosterhoff is planning an adjournment debate in the Legislature on Wednesday evening, where he will ask for a proper response for this question from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
To watch a video of Niagara West-Glanbrook MPP Sam Oosterhoff raising this issue in the provincial legislature, click on –
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