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Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty

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The best news for those of us living in Ontario this week got almost no coverage. It doesn't involve busty hookers, coalitions or culture wars.

It is, however, news that will literally save lives.

The McGuinty government released its annual cancer care report card and it shows that "wait times for cancer radiation therapy have reached an acceptable level in Ontario, with the majority of patients starting treatment within the 28-day benchmark."

This may not sound like much - of course wait times for critical life-saving radiation therapy should be within a medically acceptable time - but this represents a massive improvement over wait times six years ago, and for those of us that have cancer histories in our families this is truly wonderful news.

Lots of people deserve credit for these improvements from Premier McGuinty and current Health Minister Deb Matthews to former health ministers George Smitherman and David Caplan, a whole host of ministry officials to (especially) front line doctors, nurses and hospital officials.

While the importance of these improvements go way beyond politics, when people I ask me why I think Dalton McGuinty will be re-elected in 2011, I say that his government is making real improvements to our health and education systems while building the economy of tomorrow. That's what he was elected to do in 2003 and what people still want from their government for the next five years. These results only back-up the results that his government is delivering for Ontario.

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