MPP Deb Matthews along with several other Liberal politicians had their ridings plastered with “Wanted” posters over the weekend.
It’s part of a campaign launched by the Ontario Autism Coalition after the provincial Liberals announced they would cut intensive behavioural intervention for autistic children at the age of five.
The posters say 12 politicians are wanted for callous disregard for children with autism.
Coalition spokesperson Bruce McIntosh says they launched the poster campaign after their pleas to change autism services went unheard.
“We’ve been having challenges getting the Liberal MPPs to listen to us since the announcement was made last March. People have been asking for meetings and getting postponed repeatedly, they’ve been blocked on Twitter. There’s just been sort of a stonewalling, if you will.”
Despite the government increasing funding in autism services, wait lists keep getting longer.
“It’s gotten worse and worse every year. In fact, last year, they spent more money and they actually had fewer kids in service while the wait list went up.”
A total of 5,000 posters were distributed in Ontario over the weekend across 10 ridings.