Wynne 'playing politics' with Madi's meds promise: Mom

Madi Vanstone lays with her mother, Beth, at their home outside Beeton. Madi has cystic fibrosis...

Madi Vanstone lays with her mother, Beth, at their home outside Beeton. Madi has cystic fibrosis and Beth pounds her chest and back for over 35 minutes, twice each day. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Christina Blizzard, Queen's Park Columnist

, Last Updated: 12:47 PM ET

TORONTO -- Beth Vanstone fears Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals are playing politics with a pledge to fund life-saving medications for her daughter, Madi.

She says reports that the provinces had reached a deal with the drug manufacturer, Vertex, on price were grossly overplayed and she believes patients are being given false hopes on the eve of an election.

"I have a strong feeling that they're playing politics," Vanstone told me Sunday.

Since the first story appeared, she's heard from a Vertex representative who has told her the deal is far from final. "Vertex hasn't even received a letter of intent from this province," Vanstone said.

She questions why the deal was suddenly announced and wonders if it's a response to a letter Tories sent to Cystic Fibrosis Canada pledging that a Tory government would fund the drug Kalydeco for Madi and other CF patients like her.

"It was funny to see this progress so quickly," Vanstone said.

Her local Tory candidate in Simcoe Grey, Jim Wilson, as well as PC deputy leader Christine Elliott, both of whom have fought tirelessly for the little girl, signed the letter.

Vanstone spoke as she was heading to a fundraiser for Madi in Alliston. An autistic boy held a ball hockey tournament at the arena and donated the proceeds and all his gifts to buy Madi her meds.

"How come they can blow $317 million on the MaRS building when kids are donating their birthday gifts so Madi can get her medication?" she asked.

Wilson said he has no faith in the Liberals delivering on their promise.

"I would not believe anything the Liberal government says," he said. "I think we should wait and see if Madi has her drugs covered."


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