Pre-Budget Consultations in SDSG!

January 6, 2017

Update: The following Summary of Recommendations was submitted to the Ministry of Finance



CORNWALL – As every year, the Ontario Legislative Assembly will hold several meetings of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs across the Province to seek public input into the writing of the 2017 Ontario Budget. However, no meeting is planned for Cornwall and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry area this year and MPP Jim McDonell believes that local residents and businesses should have the opportunity to be heard.


“Last year, community members came together to share their vision for a Budget that works for the residents, businesses and community groups that live, work and operate in Ontario” MPP Jim McDonell commented. “On January 1st of this year, the present government introduced the new Cap-and-Trade tax, which will increase the costs of all goods and services in Ontario. Many local schools are being considered for closure due to cuts in funding and changes to regulations governing school boards in the province.  Health care continues to be rationed as hospitals face funding that fails to account for annual cost increases, such as salaries and the cost of electricity. Life is becoming much more expensive and difficult, especially for those on low and fixed incomes.  Businesses are deciding to scale back, close or expand elsewhere as they try to contend with the uncompetitive regulatory, tax and cost burden they face in today’s Ontario. The Government must hear these and other concerns from our residents and businesses. I would like to build on last year’s success, therefore I am holding meetings in each municipality.”


Events will be held in every municipality in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry as follows:


  • Wednesday, January 11th, 12.30pm-2pm, Morrisburg, McIntosh Inn, 12492 County Rd 2
  • Wednesday, January 11th, 2.30pm-4pm, Avonmore, North Stormont Place, 16229 Fairview Dr
  • Thursday, January 12th, 9.30am-11am, Chesterville, Nelson Laprade Centre, 9 William St
  • Thursday, January 12th, 12.30pm-2pm, Long Sault, South Stormont Hall, 2 Mille Roches Rd
  • Thursday, January 12th, 3pm-4.30pm, Lancaster, Branch 544 Lancaster Legion, 181 Military Rd
  • Friday, January 13, 9.30am-11.30am, Cornwall, Ramada Inn (Ontario Room)


Participants are encouraged to register by Monday, January 9th at or by calling Marilyn McMahon in MPP McDonell’s office at 613-933-6513.