Mr Garfield Dunlop (Simcoe
North): I rise today on behalf of the
operator, parents and youth involved in Project
Turnaround, the strict-discipline facility for
young offenders near Midland.
On Friday morning, the young offenders
from Project Turnaround were carted away to
other facilities, in spite of the fact that
Minister Kwinter announced only two days earlier
that the facility was to close when the operator's
contract expires on January 31.
I'd like to thank the media for
letting us know about this secretive move by
the Liberals. I'll bet the Liberals thought
no one would find out by executing this dirty
manoeuvre on a Friday, when the House isn't
sitting. I'm holding them accountable today
with this statement that will become part of
Why did the Liberals move so quickly
to shut down this successful program? Don't
be fooled when they say it is for economic reasons.
We know otherwise. The cost to operate Project
Turnaround is 33% less per diem per inmate.
Why should we believe them when the minister
himself doesn't even know the correct name of
the facility and program? On November 27, I
had to correct Minister Kwinter in this House
on several facts about Project Turnaround, including
the name of the program.
You'd think that Dalton McGuinty
would have the common courtesy to let people
know before they shut the door in their face.
With this spiteful move, the Liberals have sent
a strong message: Dalton McGuinty is not a friend
of community safety, nor is he a friend of business.
Closing Project Turnaround, apart
from the jobs that will be lost, will end up
costing Ontario taxpayers more money to house
young offenders as Dalton McGuinty pays back
his union leader buddies.