The Ontario government funding changes for children with autism are being me with anger. Now people are calling for Minister of Children and Family Services Lisa MacLeod to resign after she threatened to punish a group if they did not back her government’s plan.
Ford says he fully supports Lisa MacLeod. Here are five reasons why he’s wrong and Lisa MacLeod should be fired.
1. She Threatened Retaliation if Behavioural Analysists Refused to Her Government’s Policy
MacLeod and her staff told The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis that if they did not publicly support the government’s autism funding changes, it would be “four long years” for the organization.
She also said that if a positive quote about the changes was not forthcoming, her office would release a statement saying the group was “self-interested”.
2. She Shared a Tweet That Questionned The Legitimacy of Protesting Parents
Toronto Sun columnist Joe Warmington tweeted (then subsequently deleted) a tweet questioning whether protestors at Lisa MacLeod’s office were actually real parents.
Here is a video of the exchange outside her office that Warmington referred to:
Lisa MacLeod retweeted a subsequent tweet from Joe that questioned the make-up of the crowd.
3. She Attended a Photoshoot While Her Office Claimed She Was “Unavailable” for C
The Minister’s Office claimed MacLeod was unavailable to comment about the accusations that she threatened The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis because her schedule was full.
MacLeod responded that she in fact was available but the media did not take up her offer:
Unfortunately for MacLeod, it appears her office never informed CTV. Her office had told CTV that MacLeod was busy all day.
4. She Did Not Apologize for Her Threats
While MacLeod apologized for making anyone feel threatened, she did not apologize for making the threatening comments.
5. Her Changes Hurt Children With Autism
Beyond the hurtful and threatening comments from MacLeod, the policy she is proposing will hurt children with autism, forcing parents pay tens of thousands of dollars more for treatment.
As this article explains, the policy makes every child worse-off by splitting up funding:
The problem is that now zero kids, besides from very wealthy families, will be able to afford and receive effective treatment. They clearly do not understand that if anything we need more equity, not more equality. Research has shown that effective treatment is around 30 hours a week of intensive therapy, which costs $60k-90k a year, this new plan
givefamilies at most $140k total spread out over the ages of 2 to 18. Now instead of some kids getting effective treatment, while others are on a waitlist, this new plan will give virtually no kids effective treatment but all will receive a small amount of funding.