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May 7th 2015 Kathleen Wynne and the Liberals Owe Ontarians an Apology

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell challenged the Government in Question Period today regarding their failure to ensure proper maintenance on provincial highways during the winter of 2013-2014.   “Kathleen Wynne, as then Minister of Transportation, changed winter maintenance policies to save a few bucks” – MPP McDonell commented. “Last week’s Auditor-General’s report highlighted how Ontarians’ […]

Apr 30th 2015 Liberal Government Cuts $54 Million from Healthcare

    QUEEN’S PARK – The Provincial Government has cut its contribution to health care spending by $54 million in the latest Budget, despite the Conservative Government in Ottawa increasing their share through Federal Health Transfer by 5.2%.   “It’s unbelievable that Premier Wynne would complain about the Federal Health Transfer growth and then cut […]

Apr 29th 2015 Liberals Traded Away Winter Safety for Flashy Presentations – McDonell

    QUEEN’S PARK – The provincial Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk released her report on winter maintenance procurement by the Ministry of Transportation, which highlighted how best practices and common-sense safety precautions were left out of the maintenance contracts and the procurement process.   “Throughout the report, we see the Liberal Government letting go of best practice […]

Apr 27th 2015 Monthly Column – We Can’t Afford This Liberal Budget

  by Jim McDonell   The Liberal Budget, released on April 23rd, will not help the economic situation in Ontario.  Credit rating agencies have downgraded Ontario’s credit rating over the past year. Expert groups such as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business and the Auditor General informed the Premier to […]

Apr 24th 2015 We Can’t Afford This Liberal Budget

By MPP Jim McDonell   The Liberal Budget, released on April 23rd, will not help the economic situation in Ontario.  Credit rating agencies have downgraded Ontario’s credit rating over the past year, and expert groups such as the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and the Auditor General all told the […]

Apr 23rd 2015 Liberal Budget an Unaffordable Shell Game

QUEEN’S PARK – The Ontario Government presented the 2015 Ontario Budget today. “The Liberal Government is trying to bamboozle Ontarians in order to hide their continued mismanagement of the Province’s finances” said MPP Jim McDonell. “They promised the same amount of infrastructure money in 2014, however they expected to only need to raise $3.1 billion […]

Apr 22nd 2015 Electricity Rates to Jump by 14%

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario electricity ratepayers will be stung by a 14% rate hike on May 1 as Hydro One’s peak and mid-peak prices increase to 14 cents per kWh and 12.2 cents per kWh.   “Residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry can’t afford the unjustifiably high hydro rates being charged today, let alone pay for further […]

Apr 16th 2015 Liberal Government Selling Off Assets Without Accountability

QUEEN’S PARK – The Government’s plan to sell 60% of Hydro One and direct the funds to infrastructure building is being challenged by opposition parties and major stakeholders as illegal.   “The Electricity Act is very clear: any proceeds from sales of Hydro One assets must be handed over to the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation […]

Mar 30th 2015 Ontario Electricity Rates Are Set to Sky-Rocket Again

by Jim McDonell   Last week, Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli announced that the average person’s hydro bill will increase by $137 next year. This is particularly disturbing when you consider that rates in our competing American markets are actually decreasing due to their increased use of cheap natural gas. We see people in our office […]

Mar 13th 2015 MPP McDonell Responds to CCH Announcement

CORNWALL – MPP Jim McDonell was in attendance at the announcement of new funding for high-needs patients at Cornwall Community Hospital this morning.   “All patients in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry deserve access to the best healthcare our tax dollars can buy” – MPP McDonell stated. “It is important to invest in care for high-needs patients in […]

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