OTTAWA -- Ontario doctors are backing Premier Dalton McGuinty in his bid to bring a Shriners hospital to the province. John Rapin, president of the Ontario Medical Association, said Ontario is a recognized centre of excellence, with five medical schools.
"It's important we make the case that we're ready, willing, able and enthusiastic about Shriners bringing their hospital to Ontario," Rapin said last night. "It's . . . good for Ontario and we want to support it."
Rapin wrote the selection committee last week hoping to sway the decision.
McGuinty will meet the Shriners' site selection committee tonight in Atlanta, effectively joining Ottawa and London bids to have the new children's hospital built in Ontario.
Both cities are competing against Montreal for the new $50-million pediatric-orthopedic hospital to replace Montreal's Shriners hospital.