Nov 2nd 2015 Column – A month of Turmoil

By Jim McDonell   This October marks the 12th anniversary of the McGuinty/Wynne Liberals forming government.  Over that timeframe, we have seen our provincial debt double to almost $300 billion despite the government’s revenue (mostly taxes) doubling to over $130 billion per year.  Ontario, which was leading the country in 2004, is now a “have […]

Oct 30th 2015 Independent Report Confirms Fire Sale of Hydro One a Bad Deal for Ontarians

QUEEN’S PARK – The Financial Accountability Officer (FAO) reported that the fire sale of Hydro One will not bring in the revenue optimistically forecasted by the Liberal government.   “Residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry and from across Ontario have been right all along – the unaccountable sale of Hydro One is a bad deal for the province” […]

Oct 7th 2015 Great Lakes Bill Is Bad Public Policy

QUEEN’S PARK – Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell says while protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin is our priority, the government’s proposed Bill 66 is a flawed piece of legislation that will accomplish little and just create another massive government bureaucracy. “Our Caucus raised numerous concerns that we wanted addressed in order […]

Sep 23rd 2015 Auditor-General Tables Damning Report on Community Care Access Centres

QUEEN’S PARK – Ontario’s Auditor-General published her report into the management of Ontario’s 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs), which oversee the delivery of home care and long-term care for many Ontarians. The report lays bare concerning facts, such as the fact that CCACs reported service providers’ profits and overheads as patient care spending, did […]

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 […]

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