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Jan 6th 2016 Pre-Budget Hearing Deadline Approaches

CORNWALL – Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry residents who wish to present at the 2016 pre-budget hearings being held by the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs need to apply to do so this week, MPP Jim McDonell said today.   The deadline to appear in person or to present to one of the hearings […]

Dec 2nd 2015 Auditor-General Exposes Culture of Backroom Deals and Recklessness

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk released her Annual Report earlier today. The report covered several Government departments, including social assistance, energy, child protection and Service Ontario.  Throughout the report, the Auditor-General highlights how the Government awarded contracts and funding without the public’s knowledge, without a competitive bidding process and without any accountability measures […]

Dec 1st 2015 Public and Political Outrage Force Liberals’ U-Turn on Land Transfer Tax

QUEEN’S PARK – Weeks of advocacy work by PC MPP Steve Clark, the Ontario Real Estate Association and Ontarians outraged by the prospect of a planned expansion of the Municipal Land Transfer Tax have forced a dramatic U-turn from the Liberal Government.   Earlier in Question Period, the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing reversed […]

Nov 30th 2015 Column – Where Did the Money Go?

By Jim McDonell   The Ontario Liberals’ shenanigans continue to surprise even their biggest skeptics. Government messages are scripted to deliver an image of high moral ground, as leaks and documents reveal quite the opposite.   The Hydro One sale is a case in point. The story line is all about securing funds to build […]

Nov 26th 2015 Fall Economic Update Needs a Reality Check

QUEEN’S PARK – Today’s Fall Economic Statement is further proof there is absolutely no reason Ontarians should trust this government’s numbers, Ontario PC Finance Critic Vic Fedeli said today.   It shows the government has used $1 billion in reserve funding and another $1.1 billion in Hydro One fire sale proceeds to make their deficit […]

Nov 24th 2015 MPP McDonell Demands Government’s Commitment on Care for Vulnerable Youth

QUEEN’S PARK – During Question Period, MPP Jim McDonell highlighted that Bill 54, the Right to Care Act, is yet to be examined by the Standing Committee on Social Policy.   “The Right to Care Act would allow Children’s Aid Societies to assist 16 and 17 year olds who require their services for the first […]

Nov 16th 2015 Liberals Pick Lavish Hydro One Executive Pay Over Giving Ontarians Needed Relief

QUEEN’S PARK – Today in the Legislature, Leader of the Official Opposition Patrick Brown questioned why the Wynne Liberals are prioritizing lavish paycheques for Hydro One executives, while the province’s skyrocketing hydro rates are making life more and more unaffordable for Ontarians.   “Last year the 51 highest paid CEOs and Presidents in the Province […]

Nov 9th 2015 Flu Vaccinations Important to Public Health

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell received the annual influenza vaccine earlier this morning at Medical Arts Pharmacy in Cornwall.   “The flu is a serious public health challenge – it is highly contagious, puts young children and seniors at risk of severe complications and is responsible for tens of millions of lost work hours” MPP […]

Nov 5th 2015 MPP McDonell Disappointed – Hydro One Went On Sale Today

QUEEN’S PARK – Today the first shares of Hydro One were sold on the open market. The Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) had issued a warning against the sale, stating it would harm the Province’s budget in the long term.   “The Liberal Government ignored the advice of the opposition, the public and an independent financial […]

Nov 5th 2015 MPP McDonell Welcomes TARION Review

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell, PC Critic for Government and Consumer Services, welcomed today’s announcement by Minister Orazietti that a review team will be appointed to review the TARION warranty corporation and the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act.   “TARION’s task is to guarantee families’ largest investment – their home,” MPP McDonell commented. […]

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