Ontario group says Lisa MacLeod told them it would be 'four long years' if they didn't support autism changes - 2019-02-13
Ontario's Children, Community and Social Services Minister Lisa MacLeod is facing allegations that she told a group of behaviour analysts to publicly support the provincial government's autism program or it would be "four long years" for the organization.
The Ontario Association for Behaviour Analysis said in a note to its 1,200 members on Wednesday that Ms. MacLeod and her staff asked the non-profit organization for a quote in support of its changes to the autism program without providing full details of the announcement.
"Just days before the February 6, 2019 announcement, the Minister and her staff requested that ONTABA provide a quote of support … and indicated that a failure to do so would result in 'four long years' for the organization," the e-mail from the group's board of directors said.
The note also said Ms. MacLeod told the group that if public support was not provided, "a communication that behaviour analysts are 'self-interested' would be released from her office."