|NEW McGUINTY ANTI-SMOKING
LEGISLATION WILL TARGET VETERANS
For Immediate Release
November 4, 2004
(Queen’s Park) –
Today in the Ontario legislature, Simcoe North
MPP Garfield Dunlop questioned Premier McGuinty
about his Health Minister’s plans to include
Royal Canadian Legions in new anti-smoking legislation.
Health Minister George Smitherman mentioned earlier
this week that he will introduce legislation later
this month to ban smoking in private clubs, including
Royal Canadian Legion halls and strip clubs.
Dunlop twice asked the Premier if he plans to
include legion halls and veterans’ establishments
in the new anti-smoking legislation. On both occasions,
the Premier refused to provide a direct response.
“The fact that the Premier avoided answering
my questions clearly indicates to me that legion
halls and veterans’ establishments will
be part of his new smoking ban,” said Dunlop.
“As I said earlier today in the House, I
feel that any decision that would take away the
right of a veteran to have a cigarette in a legion
hall, would be a cruel and shameful decision.”
Dunlop noted that the McGuinty government issued
a press release today to encourage Ontarians “to
pay tribute to Canadian veterans during Veterans’
Week, the week leading up to Remembrance Day”.
“It’s ironic that the Liberals would
send out a press release showing their concern
for veterans on the same day that their Leader
refused to stick up for veterans who smoke in
legion halls,” said Dunlop.
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