Sep 14th 2015 MPP McDonell Settling Into New Critic Role

QUEEN’S PARK – Last Thursday, MPP Jim McDonell was appointed PC Critic for Government and Consumer Services and a member of the Standing Committee on General Government in a portfolio shuffle following the election of Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown to the Legislature.   “I am pleased to return to the Consumer Services portfolio, which […]

Jun 3rd 2015 Liberals Ram Unaffordable Budget Through Legislature

QUEEN’S PARK – “We have heard from community groups, residents, workers and employers that the Liberal Budget is unaffordable,” MPP McDonell commented. “More than half of small businesses will have to reduce pay, employment, investment or pension offerings in order to stay afloat after the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan is implemented. Ratepayers will be saddled […]

May 25th 2015 Ombudsman’s Report Shows a Deceptive and Arrogant Hydro One

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin issued his report into Hydro One billing and customer service practices, sparked by a record amount of complaints by Ontarians who were facing financial hardship due to Hydro’s mis-billing.   “The Ombudsman’s report blows the cover on a monopolistic public corporation that has completely lost its moral compass” – […]

May 13th 2015 MPP Jim McDonell Confronts Premier Wynne on Hydro Poverty

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell rose in Question Period today to bring forward the serious concerns of constituents, businesses and charities about rising hydro rates and unsustainable over-billing by the utility.   “Many residents fear opening their hydro bills, if they get them at all, because they know that their efforts to save on electricity […]

May 12th 2015 Ontario Auditor-General Calls Out Liberal Government on Advertising

QUEEN’S PARK –  Auditor-General Bonnie Lysyk released a scathing report into the Government’s planned loosening of the rules limiting partisan messaging in taxpayer-funded Government advertising. Under current guidelines, the Auditor-General can exercise her discretion and judgment in approving or rejecting a Government advertisement on the grounds of partisanship. The proposed changes in the budget will force […]

May 8th 2015 Lower the Cost of Doing Business in Ontario – MPP McDonell

QUEEN’S PARK – MPP Jim McDonell and the Ontario PC Caucus continue to advocate for urgent action to reduce production costs in Ontario, in order to keep the province competitive in a global market.   “Ontario now has the highest electricity rates in North America, the highest payroll taxes, second-highest property taxes and an increasing regulatory […]

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 […]

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